SEE IT: Lions Fans Show Anger Toward NFL Refs in Creative Way

John Healy
October 20, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Lions fans are not clowning around when it comes to how they feel about the referees.

During Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field, fans rained boos down on the officials, while several in attendance dressed up as referees with clown makeup and hair, while others sported blindfolds or ski masks — a la bank robbers — in their black and white striped outfits.

The fans are still steaming over several questionable calls that went against Detroit in last week's Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, which resulted in a 23-22 loss at Lambeau Field.

The poor officiating also prompted billboards to be bought on I-75 in Detroit with a referee wearing a cheesehead in protest of the game.

Even former Packer and current Los Angeles Rams linebacker Clay Matthews sounded off on the officials after the game on Twitter, and his criticism extended beyond the game and to the referees as a whole — which has been a focal point of the first half of the 2019 season.

Matthews was fined for his tweet, but he was not the only player whom the NFL came down on for calling out the refs. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was also fined for his criticism of officials after last weeks Browns game.

They are the first players to be fined for criticizing officials since Josh Norman in 2016.

Per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL has had to send out a memo to teams across the league for the second time this year to remind them of policy prohibiting criticism of officials and the consequences if they do.

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