Falcons fans start petition to remove NFL officiating crew

- The Atlanta Falcons were not able to score a touchdown in last Sunday's game until there was 2:40 left on the clock. Many fans took to social media to voice their complaints against those officiating the game.

The Falcons lost their Christmas Eve game to the Saints after receiving 10 penalties to New Orleans' three. Fans were questioning two of those penalties which were called against Wide receiver Julio Jones.

Now, there is an online petition to remove Pete Morelli’s crew from the NFL. The petition reads in part:

"On December 24th, Morelli and his crew have yet again taken complete control of a game and made it practically unwatchable. The Atlanta Falcons have had 8 penalties enforced against them that 95 percent of NFL officials would not have called.

"The Falcons and Saints (both members of the NFC South) are competing for a division title and Morelli has shown his blatant bias in favor of the Saints all game. The Atlanta Falcons (9-6) face playoff elimination in a must-win week 17 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

"As a Falcons fan, I have watched the NFL wrong our franchise for many years but more importantly as a fan of this league I believe that all of us could benefit from the immediate removal of Morelli and every one of his crew members to send a message to NFL officials that corruption within the officiating group will not be tolerated."

The poster goes on to state that Morelli “has shown favoritism towards certain teams and has a personal vendetta against others.” He also cites the Eagles-Panther's game earlier in the season which Morelli's crew also officiated.

The petition calls on Roger Goodell to remove Morelli to "protect the game and to ultimately do away with corruption."

247Sports.com noted in an article that Atlanta is not the first NFL fans to take issue with Morelli.

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