Officials in the NFL were caught on camera fistbumping after a touchdown during the Denver Broncos win over the Buffalo Bills. Needless to say, this hasn't gone down well in America:
No excuse for my performance but can't win playing 16 vs 11 thought I seen it all Smh https://t.co/CrfVO2YxA6
— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) December 8, 2014
The NFL have come out in support of the referees, saying that they were merely celebrating a correct call. We love that idea of referees celebrating making decisions.
We've found some fantastic examples of referees getting involved with celebrations, although we must admit, not always intentionally involved.
From a Russian Sunday league, the tryscorer got very excited and took his chance:
From the official Blackpool FC youtube account, who point out the referee's appreciation of this very good goal.
Just like the Russian rugby player, except this time from a pro who sees his chance and takes it, much to the delight of the commentators.
Another from the NFL, this long range touchdown scorer, Cordarrelle Patterson is looking for some love from the referee that isn't forthcoming initially.
The last one from the NFL is Arizona Cardinal's quarterback Carson Palmer thanking a referee for a favourable call. The background about the call and fistbump is here, so decide for yourself whether it's a good referee call or not.
Here's Mike Dean willing the ball in against Arsenal:
Although, to be fair, he's more likely trying to see if it's actually gone in, with all those pesky players in his way.