Abdullah lays big hit on refs

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Rahim Abdullah pulled himself off Kerry Joseph and saw some orange.

Then he saw red.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman couldn't believe he was flagged for a roughing-the-passer call against the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback for a hit in the first quarter yesterday.

He was still livid after the Stamps lost 30-21 to the Roughriders in the West semifinal at McMahon Stadium.

"A guy was on my back, I hit the quarterback but he still had the ball," said Abdullah.

"That's just about the worst officiating I've seen. It's been going on all year long.

"This isn't about the Stampeders because (head coach) Tom Higgins was positive all year long.

"We didn't deserve to win. But there comes a time, when a group of individuals always makes terrible calls, you have to sanction them where they get fined."

Abdullah was equally upset with a non-call when the Stamps were on offence. On a third-and-one quarterback sneak, Roughriders defensive tackle Nate Davis appeared to jump over the line and get back.

The Stamps fumbled on the play and the 'Riders recovered.

"Nate Davis jumps offside and they said he got back," Abdullah said.

"He's 400 pounds, how could he get back? That penalty cost us points because we fumbled the ball.

"This is dealing with people's livelihood. The refereeing brings the CFL down a level because they so consistently make terrible calls.

"It's time when people have to stand up and be accounted for because the refereeing is horrible."

The Stamps were flagged 11 times in the opening half, twice on roughing- the-passer calls that extended Roughrider drives.

There were mistakes on offence, as well, as receivers Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo were both charged with offside penalties.

"From the ears up, we just played terrible," Copeland said.

"We had about 40 offsides, it seems like. Every time we turned around, the flag was on the ground.

"We were beating ourselves up. That's the rough part about it because we talked about it all year."


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