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Ravens CB Williams avoids fine for pushing official in Super Bowl

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams won't be penalized for shoving an official during the Super Bowl.

The NFL confirmed Saturday that no fine or suspension will be levied as a result of Williams' actions last Sunday in the Ravens' 34-31 win over San Francisco in New Orleans. Williams was not flagged or ejected during the game.

Williams pushed head linesman Steve Stellies after emerging from the middle of a skirmish on the field with several 49ers players. He said he was upset about his helmet coming off and didn't realize he was shoving an official.

The rules state that a player is to receive a penalty for putting his hands on an official, but AFC spokesman Corry Rush told USA Today that the league decided not to act. Rush didn't indicate why Williams was not reprimanded by the NFL.

Fox Sports Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice president of officiating, has said that he believed Williams should have been ejected.

Williams was credited with three tackles in the Super Bowl.
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