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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Timbers Owner Dinged $25K For Berating Officials

Posted by Brian Gjurgevich on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Timbers owner/supporter Merritt Paulson confronts officials as they leave the pitch immediately following Portlands 1-1 draw with DC United on Saturday.
  • Brian Gjurgevich
  • Timbers owner/supporter Merritt Paulson confronts officials as they leave the pitch immediately following Portland's 1-1 draw with DC United on Saturday.

It's a good thing Timbers owner Merritt Paulson is just as flush with cash as he is passion for his club.

Paulson is $25,000 lighter in the wallet after Major League Soccer fined him Tuesday for confronting, then tweeting about officials following Portland's 1-1 draw with DC United on Saturday.

Most of the offending tweets have since been deleted, but Paulson likely irked the league office most with his assertion that "nfl replacement refs have nothing on mls primary refs. Sick of this garbage" and "I will happily take the fine. Its atrocious. Should balance out. Guess policy is to balance JWF atmosphere."

While Paulson's post-game confrontation was youth-soccer-dad entertaining, his assertion that there's somehow a conspiracy against the Timbers—"All season long...not a single damn pk awarded to us. Numerous cut/dry blown calls...," read a tweet he didn't delete—is laughable. It may be coming from a place many Timbers fans can relate to—namely frustration and anger with a promising season gone horribly awry—but for Paulson to insinuate an inside job does more to damage the credibility of the league than any bad call.

He's since promised to stop tweeting angry, but with the Cascadia Cup in the balance on Sunday, we'll see if that pledge lasts through the weekend.

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