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The Atlanta Falcons were accused of piping in artificial crowd noise during games to give them an unfair advantage and today the league handed out their punishment.

Shay Marie

The Atlanta Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit a 2016 draft pick for piping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome during home games over the last two seasons.

The NFL announced the penalties Monday, saying that the Falcons will lose a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in the fifth round, they will lose the highest of those selections, according to the NFL.

Also Falcon’s president Rich McKay will be suspended from the Competition Committee beginning April 1.  He may petition for reinstatement no sooner than June 30.