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And, well, as Anderson and Pereira point out, the occasional mea culpa is bound to be needed.

“We have to recognize that the game is played by players, it is coached by coaches, and it is officiated by officials, and they’re all human beings; they’re all going to make mistakes. And the only of those groups held to a standard of expected perfection is the group of officials. And it’s not going to happen,” Pereira said.

“Players drop passes. Coaches make bad calls. And officials are going to miss calls,” he added. “Officiating needs to improve _ and it’s going to improve _ but as you look into the future, you’re never going to make it perfect.”


AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley in Santa Clara, Calif., and Tom Canavan in East Rutherford, N.J., contributed to this report.