CFL hands out fines

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The CFL has had the last word in the nasty feud between the Calgary Stampeders and B.C. Lions.

The league announced last night Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan has been fined an undisclosed amount for "publicly critical comments made towards the B.C. Lions organization."

B.C. receiver Jason Clermont has also been fined an undisclosed amount.

Creehan commented Tuesday about a play in the Stampeders' 32-25 win over the Lions Sunday at McMahon in which Calgary defensive back Jermaine Chatman suffered a broken arm.

"It was intentional by Jason Clermont," Creehan said.

"Chappy was going around him and he just kicked his foot up, kicked him right in the arm, tried to leg-whip him.

"We've been talking to the league for two weeks about this leg-whipping business.

"Apparently B.C. gets a bounty -- $60 and/or a streak dinner -- if they get one of our guys out of the game by leg-whipping us."

Stampeders president Ted Hellard walked among the players at the end of yesterday's practice, asking them to refrain from discussing the controversy.

"We're finished commenting on the subject and are now focusing on Winnipeg (tomorrow) and Saskatchewan (in West semifinal)," said Hellard.

CFL director of officiating George Black said yesterday the play had been "brought to the attention" of the league and was being reviewed under normal league procedures.

If the Stampeders get past the Roughriders in the semifinal, they will again face the Lions in the West final Nov. 12 in Vancouver.

The winner represents the West Nov. 19 in the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg.

BIG PROFIT:

More than 24,000 tickets have been sold for the Nov. 5 West semifinal against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium.

Sales were opened to the public yesterday after season ticket holders were allowed to purchase their seats for the post-season.

The CFL owns the rights to playoff games but the Stampeders have purchased the contest and expect to reap a tidy profit, especially with rabid Roughies fans turning out en masse.

"We pay a fee to the league but the big cost is absorbing all the big expenses -- hotels, travel, everything," president Ted Hellard said.

"It will probably take 26,000 to break even."

The Stampeders expect to see in excess of 32,000, although mild weather could push sales towards a sellout (35,650) by game day.

"We'd love to have more Calgary fans but the atmosphere here is great with 10,000 Saskatchewan fans," Hellard said.

POINTS AFTER:

RB Gilles Lezi is out indefinitely with a mysterious stomach ailment ... LB John Grace (calf) won't travel to Winnipeg for the game tomrrow... DB Jermaine Chatman (arm) is finished for the season ... R Ron Johnson (knee) is day-to-day.


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