Refs could pay for 'Gade mess

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Renegades coach Joe Paopao might get his pound of flesh out of the officials after blasting their work from Sunday's road loss in Regina.

George Black, the CFL's director of officiating, said a league evaluator will review video to determine if the criticism has merit.

In extreme cases where a bad call (or non-call) has taken place, the league can take the unusual step of fining or suspending a guilty official.

"I want to get to the bottom of these issues and deal with them," said Black. "If we made a mistake, then I have no problem admitting that one had been made."

Paopao blasted the work of the officials, calling it disgraceful in yesterday's Sun. Vern Heath of Calgary has been assigned to review the tape of Sunday's game.

Each official is marked on a points system, and the scores determine assignments for late-season games and playoffs.

Black read the comments made by Paopao, which included a charge that Riders receiver Travis Moore caught a TD pass when he was four yards over the line at the snap. "If he was four yards offside, then the call should have been made," said Black.

The league forbids criticism of officials and will likely fine Paopao, no matter what the video shows.

NOTE: The Sun identified CFL official No. 54 as back judge Bryan Taylor. Field judge Alan McColman wears No. 54.


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