CFL fines players for dress code violations at Grey Cup

The Canadian Football League has fined 11 players from the Grey Cup champion Ottawa Redblacks for wearing improper socks during the league’s championship game last month in Toronto.

The Western Divison champion Calgary Stampeders had 12 players fined for various dress code violations during the Nov. 27 game, a CFL spokesman confirmed in an email.

Ten Calgary players wore non-uniform colour socks while two players wore cleats with logos that were not from the league’s official outfitter. The Redblacks’ violations were all for non-uniform colour socks.

“The dress code policy has been agreed to by the league and the CFLPA as part of the CBA,” said CFL communications director Paulo Senra. “The dress code policy is sent to the teams at the beginning of each season, which is then communicated to the players. The policy is posted in each locker-room as well.

“Equipment managers do their best to ensure each player complies with the policy, but some players do not adhere to it, resulting in monetary fines. All fines collected from players go to the CFLPA.”

The league did not disclose the amount of the fines. A message left with the CFL Players Association was not immediately returned.

The Redblacks defeated the Stampeders 39-33 in overtime at BMO Field.

– CP

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