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Football passions get heated, so cops arrest the referees

5:12 PM, Oct 12, 2013   |    comments
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The fantasy of every ref-heckling football fan has finally come true. Tempers were flaring on the sidelines of a high school game between Mandeville and St.Paul's in Covington, La., and a referee asked local police providing security to move spectators back. 

When a second official told one cop the crowd hadn't retreated far enough, the officer suggested he tend to the game while police tended to the crowd. 

At that point, according to Covington police chief Jack West, the agitated referee told the cop, "You're out of the game...get outta here." And when the argument escalated, it was the cops doing the ejecting, arresting two referees and charging them with public intimidation. 

The game, delayed for 20 minutes, resumed with a skeleton officiating crew and St. Paul went on to a 20-3 victory.

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