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DC United President Fined $15,000

May 3, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Payne, president and general manager of the D.C. United, was fined $15,000 by the MLS for remarks he made following his team’s loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

``Today, I have fined Kevin Payne the sum of $15,000 for his conduct and public statements made during and after the match,″ MLS commissioner Doug Logan said in a statement.

D.C. United, which won the first two league titles and lost the championship to the Fire last year, has lost three straight games. At Chicago, the Fire won 3-2 in a game marred by 11 yellow-card cautions and three red-card ejections from Stuard Dougal, a referee in the Scottish Premier League who was working the game as part of an MLS exchange program.

``What we witnessed tonight was an absolute travesty,″ Payne said. ``In all the years I’ve been around soccer, I’ve never seen anything like that performance.

``I don’t think we need to go 4,000 miles to get a referee that poor. If he did this in Scotland, he’d never referee again.″

Dougal, rated the No. 3 referee in Scotland, has given out 26 cards in three games.

The ejection of D.C. defender Brian Kamler in the 16th minute even was questioned by Fire coach Bob Bradley.

``I don’t think the early red card was appropriate,″ Bradley said. ``At most, it’s a yellow card.″

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