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MLS fines Timbers owner over tweets

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The owner of the Portland Timbers has been hit with what is believed to be the largest fine in Major League Soccer history.

Merritt Paulson is known by soccer fans to share his opinions and passion for the game at the stadium and on Twitter.

This weekend he went on the social networking site and criticized the referees in Saturday night's game against D.C. United.

The league then fined him $25,000 for inappropriate conduct.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but the first goal was scored on a penalty kick after a handball was called in the box against the Timbers.

The Timbers managed to tie the game after that, but Paulson was not pleased with the call.

He approached the officials after the match and then expressed his frustrations on Twitter.

He wrote that the team hasn't been awarded a penalty kick all season long.

"Numerous cut/dry blown calls," he tweeted. "And let's give DC a gift for good measure."

Paulson also tweeted that he doesn't like to complain about the refs and that the owner shouldn't be part of the story.

"We will keep seeking to improve and eventually we will succeed. (And maybe someday I won't tweet angry)," he concluded Saturday night.

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