Bombers fined for ref comments

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice, along with a few players, has been fined for critical post-game...

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice, along with a few players, has been fined for critical post-game comments about officiating during the Bombers' Friday game against Montreal. (Winnipeg Sun)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The CFL dropped the fina-cial hammer on four members of the Bombers on Wednesday, fining them for critical comments about the officit-ing in last Friday's 44-40 loss to Montreal.

The league announced that head coach Paul LaPolice was hit with a $1,000 fine, while centre Obby Khan, defensive end Phillip Hunt and defensive back Jovon Johnson were docked undisclosed amounts. A CFL source said each player received a $500fine.

"The CFL was right, and we shouldn't do that," LaPolice said. "That's all our statement is, and we're moving forward, going to B.C."

LaPolice was actually fined for comments he made on Saturday, when he called the officiating inconsistent. The players were much more direct immediately after the game, with Khan going so far as to say the officials wanted the Alouettes to win.

The Bombers were upset about Jamel Richardson's catch/non-catch on Montreal's game-winning drive. They believe Richardson caught the ball and fum-bled it, but the officials ruled it incomplete and the replay booth upheld the call.

CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins said the play was so close that it would have been a correct call either way.

The Bombers were also upset about a handful of pass interference calls, but Higgins said his officials are human and that the CFL wouldn't be apologizing for any of the calls.

"Our guys go out and do the best they can," Higgins said.

Some Bomber fans have offered to help pay for the fines, but LaPolice said they should donate to their favourite charities instead.

CFL spokesman Jamie Dykstra said no officials were fined or disciplined.


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