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Blown fake punt for Redblacks? Here's what happened

Remember that slip-up last Friday where the Redblacks took an ineligible receiver penalty, wiping out a nice fake punt and 37-yard pass by Richie Leone to Anthony Gosselin?

That sort of summed up where the Ottawa Redblacks are right now.

Trailing 14-0 at the time in a 29-5 loss to B.C., the Redblacks were marched back 10 yards for the penalty. They never really got any sort of pick-me-up after that.

It just seems like nothing is going right for a team that has struggled mightily the past couple of months, winning just one of its past 10 games — for a 3-9 record. Up next Saturday at TD Place are the B.C. Lions.

The explanation as to why the play was illegal is long-winded. But here’s the gist of it.

Basically, the CFL rulebook (1.15.2 on Page 37) says: “Prior to the game Team A will provide to the referee a list of eligibly numbered players who may be so deployed. Such eligibly numbered players shall not be eligible as pass receivers, regardless of the position occupied on that play if any player from the list is lined up at an ineligible position.”

So while Gosselin was lined up as a receiver, another player on the list provided to the ref was at a line position. Confusing?

“They ruled it correctly,” said Redblacks coach Rick Campbell. “The card gets triggered on certain special teams plays. We had a bit of miscommunication. That play is disappointing, I pride myself in knowing the CFL rules very well because I’ve been in this league forever. It’s on me at the end of the day, I have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Asked about it, Redblacks special teams co-ordinator Bob Dyce said: “It’s a rule, it was my error.”


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Source: montrealgazette.com