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Lingerie Football League says it fired referees now in NFL

After the controversial finish to Monday night's game between the Packers and the Seahawks, the seat the replacement referees - and NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell - currently occupy went from hot to scalding.

Lingerie Football League says it fired referees now in NFL

A referee tries to break up a fight during a game between the Philadelphia Passion and Toronto Triumph. (Thomas Carroll/For Philly.com)
A referee tries to break up a fight during a game between the Philadelphia Passion and Toronto Triumph. (Thomas Carroll/For Philly.com)

After the controversial finish to Monday night's game between the Packers and the Seahawks, the seat the replacement referees - and NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell - currently occupy went from hot to scalding.

Making matters even worse is this statement, posted to the official Facebook and Twitter account of the Lingerie Football League by LFL Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza, claiming that officiating crews currently working in the NFL were fired by the all-girl football league due to incompetence.

It reads:

Because of the LFL’s perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.

We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight’s event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games.

There you have it. The referees that are currently protecting the NFL's integrity weren't even qualified to work a game between the Philadelphia Passion and Tampa Bay Breeze.

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