The CFL announced Tuesday it has suspended and fined Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Will Hill for two separate incidents in last week’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
In a release issued by the league, new commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced Hill has been suspended for one game after he grabbed the jersey of an official in the third quarter. Hill quickly let go but was still ejected from the game, which the Riders won.
“It is a fundamental principle in all of sport: you cannot and must not lay your hands on an official,” Ambrosie said in the statement. “I acknowledge that in this case, the player involved appeared to quickly realize the inappropriateness of his actions, and released the official.
“But that does not erase the fact that the player crossed a line that should never be crossed in sport at any level, and which certainly should be respected in an elite professional league such as the Canadian Football League.”
Ambrosie also fined Hill an unspecified amount for punching a Saskatchewan player on the same play.
“Furthermore, by punching an opponent, this player has not only displayed the opposite of sportsmanship, he has undermined the commitment to player health and safety that must be shared by the league and its players alike,” Ambrosie said. “Just as player safety is critical to our game, so too is the safety of our officials.
“I’m committed to developing a policy in the very near term to improve and codify the safety standards to further protect our officials.”