NFL fans react to NJ senator's 'penalty flag' on replacement refs

NFL fans reeling over Monday night's controversial call made by replacement referees are now reacting to a New Jersey lawmaker's plan to ensure the same

BELMAR - NFL fans reeling over Monday night's controversial call made by replacement referees are now reacting to a New Jersey lawmaker's plan to ensure the same doesn't happen here.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney said yesterday he's drafting a bill that would ban replacement referees from NFL games and other professional sports in New Jersey.

Many pro football fans in New Jersey are split on the Democrat's proposal.

Sweeney said the replacement referees have "made a mockery of the sport" and increased the potential for injuries.

The NFL resumed negotiations with locked-out officials yesterday after upholding the call on the last-second touchdown pass that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers Monday night.

The league said the replacement officials were correct in not reversing the touchdown call but acknowledged Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before his game-winning catch.

Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings initially appeared to get both hands on the ball before Tate made it a simultaneous possession, prompting the officials to rule it a touchdown.

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