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Commish: Fired lingerie league refs hired by NFL

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Through the first three weeks of National Football League games, much attention has been placed on the blown calls made by replacement referee crews.

The anger and criticism of these calls appeared to have reached a high volume following the last play of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game on Monday.

Late Monday, following the game, the commissioner of the Las Vegas-based Lingerie Football League claimed some of his former referees were actually hired by the NFL to replace locked out officials.

In fact, according to LFL Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza, some of the replacement NFL refs were let go from the lingerie league for "incompetent officiating."

In a statement, Mortaza said:

"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 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."

The NFL has yet to confirm these claims. According to NFL's broadcasters, many of the replacement referees have officiating backgrounds in college and semi-professional leagues.

The Lingerie Football League, which features full-contact play among female athletes clad in revealing uniforms, began seasonal play in 2009. The league has since grown to its current field of 12 teams, including one from Las Vegas.

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