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FOXBOROUGH — Nine times last season disqualifications were meted out by NFL officials, but rarer still has been the occasion when referees have given NFL coaches the heave-ho during a game.
Even though many of them have withstood the withering sideline rebukes of NFL coaches, NFL officials seem to lag behind their brethren in baseball and the NBA, whose officials are empowered to protect themselves from such abusive behavior by ejecting a coach or manager.
But that is not the case in the NFL. Barry Anderson, an NFL field judge who is entering his seventh year as a league official, said he didn’t believe it was necessary to give NFL officials that kind of protection.
“The emotions are a part of the game,’’ said Anderson.