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Report: NFL will have conference call with officials

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Brad Childress, Brad Childress, Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings road games Updated: October 28, 2010 - 6:08 PM

Vikings coach Brad Childress won't get any consolation from this but the NFL does seem to realize the officating in the league needs to be addressed.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Thursday that the NFL has scheduled a conference call Friday for every member of every officiating team. A source told Glazer the purpose of the call is to serve as a pep talk and also to clean up mistakes by the officials.

Carl Johnson, the NFL's vice president of officiating, admitted that referee Scott Green made a mistake in the second quarter of the Vikings' 28-24 loss to Green Bay on Sunday night when he overturned Visanthe Shiancoe's diving touchdown catch on review because, in Green's estimation, the ground helped the tight end hold on to the football.

"As we further assessed the play we saw that there was not enough to change this call," Johnson said. "Therefore, we wish the ruling on the field would have stood."

Childress was fined $35,000 by the NFL for criticizing the officials after the game and then telling the media on Monday that Johnson admitted the call had been botched.

Glazer reports a conference call of this nature is rare, if not unprecedented.


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