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Foot Locker

NFL Replacement Refs

Do NOT Work For Us

9/26/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The NFL did NOT secretly hire black-and-white-striped Foot Locker employees to work as replacement referees ... despite all the terrible calls recently ... this according to the sneaker giant.

Foot Locker just released a statement, saying, "Despite recent allegations, our employees have spent the last few weeks at our stores and not at NFL games.”

It's all in response to a joke making the rounds on the Internet ... that the replacement refs are so bad, they must actually be Foot Locker employees.

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In case you live under a rock, the employees at Foot Locker wear a referee outfit as part of their uniform -- and they'd probably make better calls too.

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