CFL to add video reviews for pass interference calls

The CFL rules committee voted to recommend that pass interference be subject to video review this...

The CFL rules committee voted to recommend that pass interference be subject to video review this season. (David Stobbe/Reuters/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

TORONTO - The CFL is going where no football league has gone before, and it is going to face a lot of heat because of it.

The league's 12-member rules committee voted on Thursday night at a downtown Toronto hotel to recommend that pass interference be subject to video review this season. The league's board of governors has to pass the proposal later this spring to make it official, but it usually rubber stamps any recommendations from the rules committee.

There are a couple of reasons why some believe this should not be happening. Mostly it's because it's a judgment call about a penalty -- unlike a fumble or someone keeping their foot inbounds, which is black and white. Some are also concerned it will slow the pace of the game.

New CFL vice-president of officiating Glen Johnson, who has wasted little time making his mark on the rule book, said the new PI video review is being implemented to ensure the right calls are made.

Simple as that.


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