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XFL apologizes for officiating error

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The XFL had a huge error in the final game of their first game of the weekend. The controversial play happened at the end of the Seattle Dragons and the Houston Roughnecks game at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Near the conclusion of the game, Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker had his knee down with approximately two seconds left in the contest. However, the officials at the game called it over.

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Dragons during a XFL game
P.J. Walker throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Dragons during a XFL game (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Instead of the ruling that was made, the XFL admitted that the Dragons should have been given an opportunity to come back in the game. Seattle should have been given the ball, as when Walker went down, it was on fourth down.

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“Saturday’s Seattle Dragons-Houston Roughnecks game should not have ended as it did,” the league said in a statement. “Replays showed clearly that the knee of Houston quarterback P.J. Walker touched the field, rendering him ‘down’ and the fourth-down play officially completed, with approximately two seconds remaining on the clock – effectively turning the ball over to Seattle on downs.

“With a nine-point differential in the score, Seattle was denied an opportunity to tie the game. The XFL sincerely regrets this error.”

Following the unofficial end of the game, ESPN broadcasters criticized Wes Booker. He basically said there was nothing that he could do to get the teams back onto the field to play the final down.

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As a result, the XFL has decided that Booker has been reassigned. It’s not clear if this means that he has been fired by the league.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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