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Watch: Seahawks star Earl Thomas got flagged for hugging a referee

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NFL fans aren't exactly best pleased with the level of officiating in the National Football League at the moment, with controversial moments seemingly springing up every week.

One of the big annoyances of these fans is the fact that it seems players can't really celebrate at all anymore without being flagged. 

Well, those fans have even more reason to be angry this week after Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks was just flagged by an official after scoring a touchdown against the Saints. The reason for the flag? Hugging a referee...

Unfortunately, we are not joking about the flag for hugging. Just check out the clip here of Thomas scoring the touchdown - which is exceptional work - and then going for the big hug with the official.

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I really want to see what the rule is about hugging an official. I hope it is clearly in the rulebook because that is the only way I would accept that referee's ruling here.

After all the hard work of running the ball back from the fumble into the end-zone for the score, Thomas should be free to hug whoever he wants, except opposition players, no one's going to protest that being unsportsmanlike conduct.

This was Thomas' first touchdown since 2012. It's safe to assume that he was just a bit excited. 

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