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In the wake of the Green Bay Packers's controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, resentment about the NFL referee lockout has become a fiery inferno of anger burning its way through the Internet.
Football fans are unhappy, to say the least, and they are doing their best to ensure that the league hears their cries.
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The NFL's social media approach to the controversy has failed to win over many of the angered fans. A series of edits to the NFL's Facebook page followed an initially misleading post after the game. And that wasn't the only example of social media indecision by the league on Monday night. According to Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa, the NFL also deleted a tweet that read "Touchdown or Interception?"
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) September 25, 2012
Michael Rusch, the editor-in-chief of Byline Beat, also shared an image on Twitter that shows either a case of questionable humor or a mistake.
NBC News in Green Bay poked fun at the NFL by employing a "replacement weather guy" for the morning news.
Sportsbook, a gambling website, even refunded gamblers who bet on the Packers.
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) September 25, 2012
A Twitter parody account called NFL Replacement Ref has also picked up steam.
In one swift moment, I accomplished what Mitt Romney and Barack Obama can't: I united the nation. You're welcome, America.
— NFL Replacement Ref (@NFLReplacerRef) September 25, 2012
And, finally the twitter hashtag #returntherealrefs has surfaced, which you can track using the widget below.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.