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Updated: October 26th, 2010 5:26pm
Childress fined $35K for ripping officials, revealing admission of error

Childress fined $35K for ripping officials, revealing admission of error

by Tom Pelissero
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The NFL admitted it blew the call on Visanthe Shiancoe's overturned touchdown, but that didn't stop Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress from getting fined for ripping the call.

A league spokesman confirmed Childress was fined $35,000 on Tuesday "for violating longstanding league policies that prohibit public criticism of officiating and the disclosure of confidential conversations with the head of the NFL officiating department."

Childress opened his media conference after Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers with an extended complaint about referee Scott Green's decision to overturn the play, which was ruled a catch and 17-yard touchdown for Shiancoe on the field. He also was highly critical of the officiating in a postgame radio interview.

On Monday, he revealed he placed an early-morning phone call to the league's vice president of officiating, Carl Johnson, whom Childress later told reporters "was disappointed to see that (call) reversed."

Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, informed Childress of the fine, league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail.

Asked whether Green could face discipline for misapplying a rule in his review, Aiello wrote, "The officials are graded on their performance on every play. Those grades determine postseason assignments. If officials do not meet appropriate standards, they are not retained. They are held accountable."

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