Vikings' Childress fined for criticizing officials

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Minneapolis - Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been fined $35,000 by the NFL for criticizing game and league officials after the Vikings' 28-24 loss of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Per the Star Tribune, Childress was informed of the penalty on Tuesday.

The fine comes after the fourth-year coach violated a long-standing rule that prohibits coaches from publicly criticizing officials and discussing any conversation they have with league officials.

One of the disputes that led to Childress' comments came when tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had a 17-yard touchdown reception overturned in the second quarter. Despite initially saying the catch was good, officials ruled that Shiancoe did not have control of the ball and used the ground to secure the football.

During an interview with a local radio station, Childress criticized referee Scott Green and NFL director of officials Carl Johnson, stating that it was the worst officiated game he's seen.

He also went on the say that Johnson told him a mistake was made on Shiancoe's touchdown reversal, and that a touchdown catch by Packers tight end Andrew Quarless would have been overturned if he had challenged the play.


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