CFL cans ref from Bombers-Als game

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Football League has fired the official responsible for the controversial pass interference call in the Winnipeg-Montreal game, Friday night.

Tom Higgins, director of officiating for the league, has relieved side judge Rick Berezowski of his duties.

A CFL spokesperson confirmed the decision, Monday.

"He won't be doing any more CFL games this year," Matt Maychak, CFL vice-president of communications, told the Sun. "It's pretty rare for Tom to say, 'That was a bad call.' In this case, he thought there were a few of them."

Berezowski was responsible for a pass interference call on Alouettes rookie Greg Laybourn, covering Winnipeg receiver Greg Carr in the end zone in the dying seconds.

Although Carr was the one who grabbed Laybourn, the call went against Montreal, handing the Bombers the ball on the Montreal one-yard line.

The Als won, anyway, 32-26, as Winnipeg couldn't punch it in for the winning touchdown.

Maychak acknowledged it's rare for the league to fire an official this late in the season, and said the move wasn't made because of one call.

Berezowski had, for the first time in his career, made the league's annual mid-season cutdown this year.


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