Brian Stropolo, the referee who the NFL pulled from working the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday after it emerged that he was a Saints fan, is being reviewed by the NFL and will not be allowed to return to work until the review is done.
ESPN reported Monday night that the league was reviewing Stropolo after it discovered Sunday that he expressed his status as a Saints fan on his Facebook page. The NFL had made the decision just hours before the Saints game on Sunday.
“We are reviewing Mr. Stropolo’s status and pending completion of that review, he will not be serving as an on-field game official,” Greg Aiello, the league’s senior vice president of communications, told ESPN Monday.
Stropolo is one of the replacement officials that have faced mounting criticism in the first two weeks of the NFL season. He was an official during the season-opening game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in Week 1.