Revolution coach Nicol fined for criticizing officials

September 20, 2007

NEW YORK -- New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol was fined $1,000 on Thursday for criticizing MLS officiating.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee imposed the penalty for Nicol's comments after the Revolution's 4-2 loss to D.C. United on Sept. 9 in Washington. Both teams have clinched playoff spots and D.C. United is the only team ahead of New England in the Eastern Conference.

Nicol, in his sixth season as coach of the Revolution, was ejected from that game. He already served a one-game suspension on Sept. 15 when the Revolution beat FC Dallas 4-2 under assistant coach Paul Mariner.

The ejection also cost him a $500 fine.

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