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Football Fans Fed up With Replacement Refs

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- If you have watched NFL football games over the past three weeks chances are you have been screaming at your TV. But not at the players; at the referees instead.

"At first they were making a lot of bum calls but now it's to the point where they are making calls that are deciding football games," said Antwine Ennals Sr. of Cambridge.

Ennals is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan. He said the replacement refs' lackluster decision making skills and ignorance of the rules are hurting the game.

"It is hurting the integrity of the game when Roger Goodell and the NFL are saying it's all about player safety and then at the same time you have referees in many plays last week where guys could be getting hurt," Ennals said. 

He's not the only football fan in town that feels that way.

"It's frustrating to everybody," said David Brown.

Brown roots for the Baltimore Ravens, but he's also rooting for the real NFL referees to make a comeback.

"I see it as, the regular referees are going to get what they ask for," Brown said. "I am hearing it's going to happen after week five but I think they should bring them in now."

Replacement refs have been criticized for not keeping the players in check. Some fans said they can tell the players are even trying to take advantage.

"It's more like substitute teachers when you have them in school you are going to try and see what you can get away with," Ennals said. "A lot of these players are veterans. They know the rules and they know these new referees don't know the rules so they are trying to get away with stuff."

Three weeks of replacement refs and many say it has been three weeks too long.

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