Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker has been fined $2,500 for violating the league's sideline policy by positioning himself on the goal-line directly behind an official in an attempt to communicate with that official, during last Saturday's game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
"I made a mistake and I accept the fine and the subsequent sanction as determined by the CFL office," Barker said in a statement. "It was not my intention to be outside of the player box as per the CFL sideline policy. In fact, I was making my way to the designated area and I was waiting for the series end. My actions were in no way pre-meditated and I did not intend to communicate with the official."
Barker has also been informed that he will not be permitted on the sidelines during play for the remainder the Argos' 2014 regular and post-season.
Hamilton Tiger-Cat owner Bob Young has also been fined $10,000 for public comments criticizing CFL officiating.