Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dac Prescott paid tribute to angry fans for throwing bottles and other debris onto the field after the team’s 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. During his post-match press conference, Prescott initially expressed his disappointment when he told fans that they were littering players, but when it was made clear that they were targeting the referee’s staff, he replied: “Credit to them.”
Officials angered the Dallas fans after they appeared to be running behind and blocking Prescott’s attempt to hit the ball with seconds remaining in the game. The Cowboys, controversially, had called for a QB to be pulled during his touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game and no timeout. Prescott handed the ball to the middle instead of the official and in the end he didn’t get off in time, ending the match.
“The fans felt the same way we did,” Prescott said after the match. “I think that’s why the referees took off and got out of there so quickly. I think everyone is upset with the way this thing has been done.”
After the match, the referee’s staff insisted that the referee spotted the ball correctly and was a reasonable distance from the playing place.
“The referee hit the players while he was putting the ball in because he was moving it to the right place,” said referee Alex Kemp.
Dallas coach Mike McCarthy also criticized the management staff after the game, saying, “I thought they would let these teams play today. That’s a matter for them to answer.”
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