NFL to Fine Anyone Who Approaches Officials Without Face Masks


In the aftermath of the NFL Referees Association’s complaint about coaches approaching refs without face coverings on, the league reminded teams that they could be penalized for such actions.

Specifically, the NFLRA took issue with Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh yelling at a referee with his facemask pulled down during a Week 3 tilt.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that NFL senior VP of officiating Perry Fewell sent a memo to teams on Friday informing clubs that officials have been told, “if an individual not wearing a face covering approaches them inappropriately, they have the authority to take administrative or officiating action.”

Such action includes a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, as well as possible fines, suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks.


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