Bruce slams 'racial' officiating

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Arland Bruce has accused Canadian Football League officials of wildly favouring the Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern final defeat yesterday.

Bruce, the Argonauts' best player -- who even scrapped with his own teammate during the game -- afterwards blasted on-field officials.

"How much did their coach pay the referees?" said Bruce in absolute seriousness and frustration. "You can say I'm complaining but we didn't get a call. We couldn't get no calls. I don't think these guys like Pinball ... They're racial.

"We didn't get a call here. We didn't get a call at home. I don't think these guys want a black coach winning. How come there aren't any black referees? How come? And they don't even talk to us."

When asked which calls Bruce specifically was referring to, he said:

INTERFERED WITH

"You all saw the game. If I ask each of you, you'll probably come up with a different play. I was interfered with. It happened the whole game. He (Andre Talbot) was interfered with. How much are you going to let that happen?

"Listen, I hope they can pay the referee off for the Grey Cup, too. Good luck to them.

"They've got a 13th man with the crowd and a 14th man with the referees. You know, it's like going to the mall. You know you're getting gypped. It's like buying something for $10 when it's only worth $3. You know you're getting ripped off."

Some of Bruce's teammates agreed with his stance while others chose to keep their views to themselves.

"It's not about what I think," said Talbot, who had a chance to make a huge catch late in the game but might have been interfered with. "It's about what it is."


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