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Official at fault, too
September 15, 2009 - Neil Rudel
The fallout continues over Serena Williams' outburst in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Williams, in case you missed it, threatened the head linesman by saying, she'll stuff ball "down your [expletive] throat" Saturday, which earned Williams a penalty point and subsequent fines.
The penalty point was the deciding one that sealed Williams' fate in her match to eventual champion Kim Clijsters. But that's not the issue. Williams was probably going to lose anyway as she was trailing in the second set after losing the first set.
The point is the foot fault is rarely called, especially in a key situation. Replays also showed it was inconclusive. But calling a foot fault then is like calling Phil Jackson for being a half step out of the coaching box with the NBA Finals on the line.
Williams lost it and threatened the official. For that, she should be penalized, certainly, and it was nice to see she has since apologized.
But the official should face a penalty, too.