CFL throws late flag

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

The CFL director of officiating has flagged his own officials for fouling up during the Hamilton-Winnipeg game last week.

George Black confirmed yesterday that Tiger-Cats' defensive lineman DeVonte Peterson should have been penalized for clotheslining Blue Bombers' returner Keith Stokes.

"The reality of the situation is that there should have been a flag on the play," Black said. "I was dismayed that we didn't have a call on it. It is clearly an unnecessary roughness penalty when a player is hit above the shoulders. It was blatant.

"From the director of officiating point of view, I was appalled and I will be dealing with those officials."

Black said he knew the officials messed up as soon as he saw it live and did not need to see the videotape evidence the Bombers had submitted.

Although the officials involved will be disciplined, Black said those details will be kept private.

"Let's just say that those six officials have had a difficult time emotionally since the game in Winnipeg," Black told Sportsnet.ca. "It was a major faux pas and we can't let that happen in games that are so important."

Black also indicated that Peterson could face disciplinary action as well, despite the fact there was no penalty called.

Stokes, who did not complain about being clotheslined, fumbled on the hit and the ball was recovered at the Winnipeg five. Hamilton then scored a touchdown to take a 20-6 lead and won the match 20-13. Had the penalty been called, Winnipeg would have maintained possession.

"That makes it even more critical that we missed the call," Black said.

Ironically, the CFL has been testing the technical ability of video replay in Winnipeg this season. Black, who supports its use, said he is pleased with the results. However, he was reluctant to endorse it to overturn officials' calls, or non-calls.

"I don't believe we want to go there," he said.

NO CURLERS: The Roughriders need to beat Edmonton by at least 25 points to give them the edge in the season series when they host the Eskimos in Saskatchewan this weekend.

"We know that the guys on offence want to score a ton of points," Saskatchewan defensive end Daved Benefield told the Regina Leader-Post. "If they didn't have that mentality, they're in the wrong business. Maybe they should be playing curling or something like that. I don't think any of our guys really curl worth a damn so I think they're all still pretty much in the right business."

HASHMARKS: Although the Bombers did not make any trades before last night's trade deadline, they can still pick up practice roster players and deal draft picks and neg-list players, said Taman ... The Renegades sent an SOS to placekicker Demetris Scouras, the Winnipegger who booted the opening kickoff when Ottawa returned to the CFL in 2000 ... Montreal has released ex-Bomber DL Stephen Young.


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