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The Cleveland Browns are at the centre of refereeing controversy

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The Cleveland Browns haven't exactly made the best of starts to the 2016 NFL season, as they find themselves winless with a quarter of the regular campaign gone.

Still, the Browns haven't actually been that bad, even with their third string quarterback currently out on the field under center.

On Sunday, Cleveland faced off against the Washington Redskins and were handed a 31-20 loss. But that isn't the main talking point coming from the matchup. Instead, there is a huge storm about a controversial refereeing decision made during the game.


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On a run up the middle, Duke Johnson fumbled the ball as he went to ground. He got up from the ground with the ball in his hands, however, seemingly recovering it. Cleveland ball, right?

Well, not according to the NFL officials, who decided that the Redskins were actually in possession, despite the fact that Johnson was stood with the ball in his hand next to the pile of bodies. Scroll down to see the incident.

As you can quite clearly see in the above, Johnson is holding that ball before any of the officials make their call about possession.

The official, Sarah Thomas, is alleged to have told the Browns players later that she saw a Redskins man in possession of the ball on the ground, which is ridiculous because it seems pretty clear that Johnson landed on the ball when he hit the floor.

It seems like the NFL are not standing down on this at all, instead reaffirming the position of the official who was so clearly wrong.

That is bogus and the Browns can feel hard done by. It all just beggars belief.

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