Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville was fined by Major League Soccer for his comments on the league’s officiating after an Oct. 9 loss to the New York Red Bulls. MLS did not disclose the fine amount, but it was confirmed that his statements were in breach of the league’s public criticism policy.
During the post-match press conference, Neville claimed that the officials were to blame for the squad’s losing streak and demanded a’massive probe’ into how his team is treated. “I don’t want to sound like a broken record but something is fundamentally wrong with the way referees treat Inter Miami,” he said.
“There has to be a massive investigation into the decisions given against Inter Miami. We want this to be the best league in the world, but we’ve got decisions like that. We’ve had our integrity questioned this year,” Neville added.
“We got stones thrown at us and had to take a lot of absolute s— from a lot of people and had to accept it. I can’t accept this, I’ve got to defend my club against something unjust and wrong. I feel we’re being cheated.”
In the Eastern Conference standings, the loss to the Red Bulls dropped Miami to 11th place, eight points out of the last playoff slot. This isn’t the first time the league has imposed a sanction on Inter Miami. Earlier this season, MLS fined a team $2 million the most in league history, for violating the league’s wage budget and roster limits.