Als protest official error

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

The Montreal Alouettes are protesting the untimely timing error that may have cost them a win at B.C. Place last Friday.

The CFL's top squad thought Avon Cobourne scored a touchdown to cut the B.C. Lions' lead to one with a minute left in the fourth quarter. Referee Murray Clarke ruled the play be repeated because the timekeeper paged for a game clock-check and the whistle was blown during the play. The Alouettes, however, said the whistle sounded after running back Cobourne scored.

The Lions registered a 19-12 upset in the first part of a home-and-home series that concludes Sunday when B.C. head coach and general manager Wally Buono seeks his record 232nd career win in Montreal.

"This really has nothing to do with us, we're happy with the (Friday) outcome, we're looking forward to Sunday," Buono said. "The league and Montreal will resolve it."

The CFL constitution stipulates a $5,000 protest fee.


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