The Lingerie Football League revealed that one of the referees used as a replacement ref for the National Football League was actually fired from the LFL, an all-female football organization known for its skimpy uniforms and tough-as-nails players.

Mitch Mortaza, commissioner of the LFL, revealed Tuesday that NFL replacement ref Craig Ochoa had been fired from the Lingerie League. Mortaza said he was shocked to learn that a ref he had dismissed from the Lingerie League for poor performance is now an NFL replacement ref.

Ochoa was part of an entire officiating crew that Mortaza let go because of "several poorly called games."

"They were hurting our overall broadcast caliber," he told Yahoo! Sports. "And if it's opening up our players for potential injury, those things raise red flags here. Is it hurting overall credibility? When either of those two things are compromised, it's time to start thinking about parting ways."

Ochoa was used during the NFL's Hall of Fame marquee game, according to Yahoo! Sports. He has not been used in a regular season game, but is onboard as an alternate.

The NFL referee lockout began in June, when NFL refs were locked out of their jobs amid failed talks with the league over new contracts, Forbes notes. The NFL hoped to make refs fulltime, reduce their pay and cut their pensions. The plan served as a point of contention since the league rakes in about $10 billion per year. So, when talks failed, replacement refs were brought in for the start of the 2012/2013 season.

The replacement ref issue reached a boiling point during Monday Night Football when referee Wayne Elliott called a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks, sending them to victory over the Green Pay Packers, 14-12.

Back in August, Mike Periera, former VP of Officiating for the NFL, noted that Ochoa had been fired from the LFL. At the time, the LFL did not comment. After the Seahawks-Packers game, the Lingerie League released an official statement about the use of replacement refs (via New York Daily News):

Due to several on-field occurrences of incompetent officiating, we chose to part ways with a crew which apparently is now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations... We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight's event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games.

Coaches and fans alike are worried about the safety of the players, as well as bad calls ruining a team's shot at the Super Bowl.

The NFL also released a statement saying that the league "supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review," the Daily News notes.

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    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Members of Western conference pose during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

  • Lingerie Football League - Media Call

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Lingerie Football League founder Mitch Mortaza wears a Team Lundy shirt in relation to comments made by Federal Sports Minster Kate Lundy during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Adrian Purnell of Tampa Breeze and Chloe Butler of LA Temptation pose during a press conference for the Australian 2012 LFL All-Fantasy Game tour on April 12, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The ladies of the lingerie football league all-stars from America will play two games of gridiron in Brisbane and Sydney in June. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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    Lauran Ziegler (L) of East Conference tackled to Whitney Meierotto (R) of West Conference, during the game of Stars from Lingerie Football League at the Sports Palace in Mexico City on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Angela Perfetto, Liz Gorman and Ashley Helmstetter of the Eastern conference pose during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Lingerie Bowl

    LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Audrey Latsko #1 of the Los Angeles Temptation runs for yardage against the Philadelphia Passion during the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Lingerie Bowl

    LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Amber Reed #10 of the Los Angeles Temptation celebrates her team's 28-6 victory over the Philadelphia Passion to win the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Lingerie Bowl

    LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: (L-R) Head coach David Bizub, Monique Gaxiola #13, Tessa Barrera #20, Melissa Margulies #2 and Ogom Chijindu #6 of the Los Angeles Temptation celebrate their 28-6 victory over the Philadelphia Passion to win the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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