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Boston Breakers Organization Fined for Post-Game Comments by Durkin, Billiard

After suffering a gut-wrenching draw that included several questionable decisions from the official--including a late penalty that led to Washington's equalizer--Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin and GM Lee Billiard publicly shared their opinions, which later earned an undisclosed fine from the NWSL.

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On Wednesday, the Breakers converted a pair of penalties; their opponent, the Washington Spirit, finished a penalty of their own, while also benefitting from a late red card. Alone, these decisions created a tense and highly-contested match, though all four game-changing decisions raised significant questions about the quality of NWSL officiating.

At the conclusion of the match, Breakers Coach Tom Durkin shared his displeasure, a sequence that earned an undisclosed fine from the NWSL.

"We went up 3-1. The rest is all up to the referee as far as I am concerned," Durkin said. "The league can fine me. They can fine our club, but that was the most suspect officiating. I haven't complained all year-not one time...If you call 3 PKs, hand out 3 yellow cards & a red card, then you can't say you are doing a good job...

...By the scheduling and everything else that goes on in this league, I wonder how the Boston Breakers can get a fair chance."

Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard added the conversation via Twitter, affirming his coach while sharing his own opinion:



Based on the nature of the comments from both parties, a fine may only work to prove Durkin's point: the subpar officiating during NWSL play deserves attention. For now, however, the club must pick itself off the ground and continue fighting for results, as a last-place finish will serve as significant step in the wrong direction for Billiard's cub.

On Sunday, the Breakers visit Seattle and the league-leading Reign. Match kicks off at 7:00PM.