A referee is restrained at an amateur game in Brazil after running onto the field brandishing a pistol.
September 29, 2015 In a spectator's video, referee Gabriel Murta Maciel Barbosa is seen being restrained by another official while he holds his weapon in one hand and points at a manager with the other.
A screen grab shows the moment before two high school football players hit a back judge during a game in Texas this weekend.
September 8, 2015 In their defense, the two students say that a game official had used racial slurs — and that one of their coaches had suggested getting payback for bad calls.
Sarah Johnson makes a call during the first half of an April 2014 preseason NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers.
April 8, 2015 Confirming a long-anticipated move, the NFL has hired its first female official on a full-time basis. She has spent nearly a decade working her way through the ranks in the NCAA.
July 7, 2013 Brazilian police have made an arrest in a grisly incident during a soccer match, in which a referee's leveling of a red card penalty set off a clash with a player that resulted in the player's death and ended with the official being brutally killed.
May 8, 2013 The 17-year-old soccer goalie who allegedly punched and killed a referee during a game in Utah last month faces a charge of "homicide by assault" and may be tried as an adult.
In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
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September 28, 2012 It was clear Thursday night that the return of the league's officials after their labor dispute restored order.
Things haven't been going well for these guys: Some of the NFL's replacement referees, during a Sept. 23 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
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September 26, 2012 Fans from President Obama and Mitt Romney to Joe and Jane Sixpack are begging for a settlement. But there's nothing to indicate that the NFL and its referees will settle their labor dispute in time for this week's games.
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Confusion: One official (to the left) signals touchdown for Seattle. The other signals that a touchback — possession — for Green Bay.
September 25, 2012 Replacement refs blew it big time last night, most observers agree, when they gave Seattle a touchdown that sent Green Bay to defeat. That's only added to the outrage over what's been going on with the regular refs on the sidelines because of a contract dispute.
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