Report: Players mock replacement officials
Players for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals said the mistakes made by the replacement officials working the Hall of Fame Game were so numerous, players began mocking them, CBSSports.com reported Monday.
Players noted that not a single, non-special teams holding penalty was called. 's unusual for the first preseason game of the year. Players said officials forgot to move the marker after a 3-yard loss. After an incomplete it should have been third-and-13 but the marker showed third-and-10. Also, players claimed holding was called on a Saints punt play, and it took the officials four attempts to correctly spot the football.
"We were all laughing on the sidelines at how clueless they were," one player told CBSSports.com.
Players say they began mocking the officials, and the players said the officials argued among themselves.
The National Football League Referees Association, the union for the locked out officials, released a statement later on Monday saying it documented a number of mistakes as well, according to CBSSports.com.
It's a rather self-serving documentation, but the NFLRA claimed the following errors were made:
--A touchdown was ruled short.
--A no call for offensive holding in the end zone.
--A no call for illegal motion.
--No call for a kicking team member going out of bounds and touching the ball first.
--Wrong penalty enforcement for offensive holding.
--No call for illegal hands to the face.
--No call for facemask.
--No call for helmet to helmet contact on defenseless punter.
--The error on holding on a punt return.
--No call on intentional grounding.
--No call on defensive offsides.
It's difficult to determine whether the regular officials would have made some of the same mistakes.
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