Winnipeg – The Canadian Football League has fined the Saskatchewan Roughriders $60,000 thousand dollars, and has added a 2016 salary cap deduction of $26,000 thousand dollars for a series of roster violations.
Just last Wednesday (August 3rd), Saskatchewan was fined $15,000 by the CFL for a ratio violation during their July 16th loss to the BC Lions. It was determined the Riders defensive unit did not have the proper National and International player ratio for several plays in that game.
The league announced on Thursday, this latest fine was the result of an investigation that was carried out over several weeks that included multiple visits by CFL Officials to team practices.
The league concluded that the Roughriders violated policies that included practicing with ineligible players, having players listed on the six game injured list practicing, and having free agents practice with players under contract.
“As Commissioner, I am compelled to make decisions consistent with protecting the competitive balance within our League, the spirit of our rules and the integrity of our game,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge in a CFL News Release. “The recent conduct, behaviour and activities of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have compromised the reputation of the CFL.”