NEWS
10/03/2011 07:04 EDT | Updated 12/03/2011 05:12 EST

CFL replaces side judge after controversial pass interference call

TORONTO - The CFL replaced side judge Rick Berezowski on Monday, three days after making a controversial pass interference call during a game.

Montreal appeared to capture a 32-26 win on an incompletion in the end zone by Winnipeg's Alex Brink on third-and-10 from the Alouettes' 27-yard line Friday night. But the Bombers' offence got a new life when Berezowski flagged rookie cornerback Greg Laybourn for the questionable call on Winnipeg receiver Greg Carr.

That put the ball on the Montreal one-yard line and Winnipeg had enough time to try two final running plays for the game-winning touchdown. But both times, the Alouettes' defence came up big to preserve the dramatic victory.

The contest was a important one as Montreal moved into a first-place tie with Winnipeg in the East Division standings with both teams having 8-5 records.

Tom Higgins, the CFL's director of officiating, said on the league's website the call on Laybourn "was absolutely terrible.''

Higgins wasn't immediately available for comment Monday, but a league spokesman said the decision to replace Berezowski wasn't made solely because of Friday night's call, rather it was performance-based. He added another official currently in the amateur ranks who worked some CFL games earlier this summer will be brought back to take Berezowski's spot.