A referee who missed a false start on a play that ended with the Chargers scoring a touchdown against the Browns on Oct. 14 has reportedly been fired by the NFL.
FootballZebras.com is reporting that the NFL has taken the unprecedented step of firing down judge Hugo Cruz in the middle of the season.
BrownsWire claims Cruz missed an obvious false started by Los Angeles Chargers LT Russell Okung in the Week 6 game against the Browns on the same play Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams.
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ChargersWire writer Kyle Posey took issue with the NFL’s decision, stating: “He missed a call. It was an obvious penalty. There are several officials that miss game-changing calls every game. Sometimes multiple times during the game. It’s unfortunate that he lost his job. We will see if the NFL continues to make these reactionary moves and if this becomes a trend.”
Both agree a firing is unprecedented.
No official has ever been fired during the season for performance in the modern era of American football.