Steelers head coach fined $25,000 for criticising officials
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of the NFL American Football game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Jan. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/JARED WICKERHAM
New York, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- The head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been fined by the NFL for his criticism of officials during last week's 41-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons, the league said on Wednesday.
Mike Tomlin has been slapped with a 25,000 dollar fine for his comments following the Steelers' home game last Sunday, in which 14 penalty flags -seven for each team - were thrown.
When asked about Pittsburgh lineback Bud Dupree's penalty for illegal use of hands, Tomlin said, "Those look like legitimate calls, we got to be better there, but some of the other stuff, man, is a joke."
"These penalties are costing people games and jobs. We gotta get them correct, and so I'm pissed about it, to be quite honest with you, but that's all I'm going to say on it."
The Steelers currently prop up the AFC North after starting the season with two wins, two losses and a tie.
They face divisional rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday.