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Shove of official costing Redblacks' Jonathan Rose Grey Cup appearance

The defensive back is set to miss one of the most important games of his career after an altercation during last weekend's CFL East Final.
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Redblacks' DB Jonathan Rose being escorted off the field at TD Place, November 18, 2018. Photo/ CFL

The Canadian Football League is suspending Ottawa defensive back Jonathan Rose for the Grey Cup game this Sunday.

Rose was assessed a penalty and ejected from last Sunday's Eastern Final against Hamilton after being involved in a post-play sideline altercation, in which he shoved an official.

The CFL released the following statement regarding Rose and his suspension:

"We are extremely reluctant to take an action that could prevent an athlete from joining his teammates for what may be the most important game of his life. But there is an another principle at stake, one which has very significant implications for our league and sport in general.

If we fail to send a strong signal when there is physical abuse of an official, whatever the circumstances, we risk sending the wrong message to not only the athletes in our league but young and aspiring athletes, coaches and even parents throughout sport. Officials are an important part of athletic competition, responsible for its integrity. While their contributions too often go unsung, we cannot allow them to be disrespected or, worse, abused.

For these reasons, the Canadian Football League has notified Jonathan Rose of the Ottawa REDBLACKS that he is being assessed a one game suspension for pushing an official during last Sunday's Eastern Final in Ottawa."

The Redblacks will take on the Calgary Stampeders in the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw on Sunday, at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

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