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NFL Removes Side Judge When It’s Discovered He’s A Saints Fan

The NFL has removed one of the game officials from the crew working the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday because Brian Stropolo, the side judge in question, posted fan-related items on his Facebook page the league confirmed to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora.

Tim Keese will replace Stropolo as the side judge a league spokesman told La Canfora.

The NFL became aware of an item on Stropolo’s Facebook page that identified him as a Saints fan Sunday morning, and then “took the appropriate action” in removing him from action, a league spokesman said. It was ESPN that notified the league of the social-media posting on Stropolo’s page, with Chris Mortensen reporting that Stropolo was removed because his page “unabashedly displays fan passion for the Saints.”

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