Maurer on warpath following phantom holding call

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Mike Maurer has called out CFL official Andre Proulx.

So has Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

In the aftermath of Maurer being called for holding with two seconds remaining on Friday night -- negating Sean Fleming's 47-yard field goal that would have given Edmonton a 32-29 lead on Saskatchewan -- nobody is holding back.

"There was no hold at all," said Maurer yesterday afternoon on his cellphone.

"I didn't grab anything. I put my hand on his shoulder. Apparently he (Tad Kornegay) slipped and fell.

"I don't know if the officials saw him fall and assumed something happened. I don't think that call has been made the entire season. I am just beside myself."

Of course, the Esks lost the game 36-29 in overtime, officially ending the club's slim playoff hopes.

But in the Eskimos' estimation, the call also killed a storybook ending for Fleming, who was playing his final game at Commonwealth Stadium before retiring.

"I feel like we were robbed," continued Maurer, an 11-year CFL veteran who has never seen a holding call like that on a field-goal play before.

"Sean was robbed. And the fans were robbed. We had what could have been a storybook ending and it was taken away over something that didn't happen."

The CFL head office is not commenting on the officiating call at the moment.

Instead, staff members are waiting for game film to arrive from Edmonton before making any official statements.

However, Maciocia doesn't need the league office to comment on whether it was a hold or not.

"There was no hold," stated Maciocia. "I was quite livid when it happened. And as soon as I walked inside the locker-room (after the game) one of television sets was turned on to the TSN panel that was showing the play.

"I was quite livid when I saw it."

Watching his words extremely carefully because he doesn't want to be fined by the league, Maciocia is trying to take a practical approach.

"You are not going to be able to go back and play that game again," he continued.

"For me to comment, it won't give me anything right now. You can't even say it will give you any satisfaction."

But Maurer is going a step further, taking a shot that should ring through the CFL head office.

"The really sad part is that I am not all that surprised they make that call. That is how poor...," said Maurer before stopping himself. "I have to be careful what I say."

Maurer stopped himself, but not before he got the point across loud and clear: the players are fed up with the level of officiating in the league this year.

"It's absolutely sickening - a call like that," said veteran Edmonton safety Will Loftus. "What do you say?"

FINISH LINES: There is significant concern over the knee injury sustained by defensive end Adam Braidwood on Friday.

"It's not good," said Maciocia. "Clearly there is structural damage to the knee. To what extent I don't know."

The club is waiting for MRI results.


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