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Obama Has “Real Problem” with Refs on Monday Night Football

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Wide receiver Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field.  (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field. (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (CBSDC/AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama believes that a disputed end to the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks game on Monday Night Football means it is time to resolve a labor dispute and get regular referees back to officiating NFL games.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that the president, an avid sports fan, watched the game and “thinks there was a real problem with that call.” Green Bay is in politically important Wisconsin, adding significance to Obama’s stance.

The Seahawks won 14-12 after referees ruled a Seattle receiver caught the ball amid a pile of bodies in the end zone in the game’s last play. The NFL conceded the bad call Tuesday, but upheld the Seattle victory.

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Carney called the play “very distressing for every American football fan.”

The same officiating crew was in charge of the Washington Redskins-St. Louis Rams contest in Week 2. That crew drew criticism in that contest for a poor job of policing player conduct and making a number of incorrect calls.

The President also pleaded with the NFL to end the referee lockout on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

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