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NFL won't fine Lions, 49ers coaches

Oct. 17, 2011 at 8:26 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers counterpart Jim Harbaugh won't be fined for their post-game altercation, the NFL said Monday.

The incident followed San Francisco's 25-19 victory over the Lions Sunday during which Harbaugh shook Schwartz's hand following the game but then slapped him aggressively on the back.

Schwartz responded by chasing Harbaugh down the field and yelling at him as a group of players, officials and other coaches milled about near an end zone.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello indicated in a Twitter posting Monday no fines would be assessed because the two didn't come to blows.

"However, both coaches told [NFL discipline chief] Ray Anderson today that their post-game conduct was wrong and will not happen again," Aiello wrote.

"We believe their response is the correct one and that their post-game conduct going forward will be more appropriate."

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