National Football League

                 === Chargers fined $20K for towel incident ===
 New  York,  NY (Sports Network)  - The National  Football League fined the San
 Diego Chargers $20,000 on Wednesday for failing to immediately give up a towel
 that had a grip-enhancing substance on it.
 The  incident  in question  occurred in  a game against  the Denver Broncos on
 October 15.
 On Wednesday, the NFL released a statement saying the Chargers did not violate
 any  NFL  competitive rules, but  was instituting the  fine due to the initial
 lack of cooperation from the team.
 The  NFL went on  to say the NFL has advised all clubs that the "use of towels
 or  other  products  that  contain  any type  of  adhesive  substance  is  now
 prohibited on game days until further notice."
 San  Diego issued  the following statement after the fine was issued: "The NFL
 found no competitive violation with the use of the towel and the Chargers were
 not  fined for  using the towel. The  League has directed all clubs to not use
 the  towel  pending further notice.  We are appealing  the fine for failing to
 cooperate  with a game official?s directive. Our staff member was unaware that
 the game official was trying to get his attention and he cooperated fully once
 he became aware."
 11/07 21:13:15 ET

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