The CFL has acknowledged the pass interference call against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts did not meet league’s standard, per sources.
In the third quarter with the Ticats leading by seven, defensive back Courtney Stephen intercepted Argo quarterback Ricky Ray. Toronto challenged the play, looking for pass interference on S.J. Green by Demond Washington.
After much deliberation – TSN went to commercial and came back before the decision was made – replay official Jake Ireland ruled that there was pass interference and the drive continued. TSN analyst Glen Suitor, a former player, called it “the worst call I’ve seen all year.”
The Argos were forced to punt two plays later but the decision cost the Ticats more than 20 yards of field position and the momentum shift that would have come with the turnover.
This is hardly the first time the Ticats have been burned by officiating at critical moments. The last two seasons, the CFL has admitted it made mistakes in Hamilton losses that impacted the East Division race. Then in last year’s playoff loss to Edmonton, the league acknowledged its officials made two separate errors on a key play late in the game.