CFL suspends Esks defensive back for contact with an official

The CFL has suspended Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Garry Peters one game for making contact with an official in last Thursday’s contest against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Peters was flagged for objectionable conduct on the play, which occurred after an on-field altercation with Ticat receiver Jalen Saunders, but was not ejected.

“Making contact with an official is clearly beyond the acceptable standards of conduct in the CFL,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “Officials, who play such an important role in our game, must be treated with respect.”

Earlier this season, Ticats defender Will Hill was suspended for one game after grabbing an official during a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was also ejected.

Hill and CFLPA did not appeal his suspension but it will be interesting to see if the union chooses to fight for Peters, given that his infraction was less egregious and he wasn’t ejected.

The CFL announced the suspension quickly, likely so the Eskimos would be able to prepare for their upcoming game against the B.C. Lions without Peters and so the union would have ample time to make a decision on an appeal.

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