Official defence

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

George Black held a conference call yesterday to talk about instant replay.

Instead, most of the questions revolved around the officiating during Saturday night's game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes.

Black, who is the CFL's director of officiating, apparently called the cellphones of three members of the CBC broadcast team -- during Saturday's game, no less -- to voice his disgust after it was suggested by panellist Sean Millington that referee Murray Clarke's crew was biased against Als coach Don Matthews.

"I was chagrined to hear them say that, and I hope I never hear them say that again," Black said.

Black added that if he ever found out an official was making calls based on bias, he would "fire him on the spot."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry probably wanted Black to fire all of Saturday's officials on the spot. He was overheard at one point saying he couldn't wait for the game to end so he could start filling out his referee report.

Black stuck up for Clarke and his crew.

"It was an interesting football game, and, candidly, my guys made a hell of a lot of really good calls," Black said.

"The forward pass interference that they called on (Milt) Stegall ... he comes downfield and he pushes a defender out in front of him for about five yards, and then a guy cuts underneath him and catches the pass. Well, sorry, but that's illegal interference."

Black also said Clarke's crew got the call right on Kyries Hebert's overturned interception, Kerry Watkins' non-catch just before halftime and the Duane Butler's non-penalized hit on Bombers backup quarterback Mike Quinn.

"Murray Clarke's one of the best rule guys we've ever had," Black said. "He always gets extremely high 90s or perfect."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Argos DB Clifford Ivory has been suspended for one game for his cheap shot on Bombers SB Andrae Thurman on July 8 ... Stampeders LB Brian Clark, an ex-Bomber, will watch his streak of 110 consecutive games played come to an end this week. He has a hamstring injury ... Lions coach Wally Buono wants the CFL to outlaw horse-collar tackles after WR Tony Simmons tore his ACL on such a play and is out for the season. A horse-collar tackle involves a player pulling another down from behind by grabbing the shirt or shoulder pads near the neck ... The CFL is reviewing the conduct of the Bomber coaches who were caught on national TV Saturday night giving the finger to the Als bench for running up the score ... The league is also looking into Als DT Clinton Wayne's late hit on Bombers WR Jamie Stoddard.


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