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NWSL fines Casey Stoney for tweet criticizing referees, VAR

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San Diego Wave head coach Casey Stoney has been fined by the NWSL following comments made on social media deemed to be “detrimental to the league,” the league announced Friday.

The NWSL cited the violation of Section 12.2.5 (e) in the League Operations Manual, which addresses “Prejudicial Statements and Public Criticism.” This comes after Stoney tweeted, in the early morning on July 9, a video of the Wave’s match against the Washington Spirit with this comment: “Investment in technology. You decide.”

In the video, Wave player Rachel Hill went down with what appeared to be a tackle from Spirit defender Sam Staab. The action appeared to happen inside the box, close to the ball, but NWSL referees did not call a penalty.

This isn’t the first time that Stoney has been issued a fine. Earlier this season, she received a fine after making comments about the quality of the Racing Louisville pitch. Last June, Stoney was fined for approaching officials during a match. She also has been critical of refereeing before, most recently last October when she called out a lack of protection for star striker Alex Morgan.