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SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 01: San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos (L) greets head coach Norv Turner before the game with the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 1, 2012 in San Diego, California.
The NFL announced today that the Chargers are not guilty of using an illegal sticky substance during a Monday night football game against the Broncos’ several weeks ago.
The league confiscated a towel during the game they believed had the substance on it.
Today the NFL declared the Bolts innocent of breaking any competitive rules by using the towel, but did charge them $20,000 for not cooperating fully with the officials.
The Chargers said they are going to appeal the fine.
“Our staff member was unaware that the game official was trying to get his attention and he cooperated fully once he became aware,” the team said in their official statement.
While the Chargers have been cleared, there are league-wide implications for this ruling.
“In order to ensure that products that may have a possible competitive effect are given appropriate review and testing,” the NFL said in their official statement. “Our office – after consultation with the Competition Committee – 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.”