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Saskatchewan’s Pete Robertson Suspended: CFL Acts on Head-Butting Incident in Labour Day Classic

In a critical disciplinary action that’s ignited discussions from CFL pundits to fans, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive end Pete Robertson has been handed a one-game suspension. This comes on the heels of an unsportsmanlike conduct incident involving Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders narrowly edged out a 32-30 overtime win against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but it was Robertson’s late-game behavior that has stolen the headlines. In the dwindling moments of the fourth quarter, Robertson swatted away a pass intended for Collaros.

While this in itself was standard play, what transpired after was anything but. Robertson took it upon himself to head-butt Collaros, prompting the officials to levy a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty against him.

This disciplinary action wasn’t merely for show; Collaros has a history of concussions, adding a layer of severity to the situation. Despite having to exit the field for three plays, Collaros did return, and the Bombers capitalized by scoring a touchdown, taking a brief 24-20 lead with just four minutes left in the game.

The CFL made the suspension official the following Monday. Robertson will be absent when the Roughriders and Blue Bombers square off for their rematch in the Banjo Bowl on September 9, at IG Field.

But context is crucial here. This late-game drama unfolded during the Labour Day Classic, amplifying the ramifications of Robertson’s actions. Because of the penalty, the Bombers were awarded a first down and half the distance to the goal, paving the way for a touchdown by running back Brady Oliveira.

Even though Saskatchewan ultimately emerged victorious, capturing a 32-30 win in a pulsating overtime, Robertson’s misconduct posed a genuine threat to the Roughriders’ efforts. With the suspension now in place, both teams, and indeed the entire CFL community, will be scrutinizing how these events influence the dynamics in the Banjo Bowl.

As both teams prepare for their next showdown, it’s evident that actions off the play clock can have consequences as lasting as any last-second touchdown. As this narrative unfolds, one thing is clear: in the high-stakes world of CFL football, every action—before, during, or after the whistle—has its consequences.

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Mark Perry is the founder and editor of CFL News Hub. A dedicated and experienced football analyst, he has been providing comprehensive coverage of the sport since 2018. In March 2021, he further expanded his reporting scope to the Canadian Football League. Mark continues to share insightful analysis and updates on all things CFL, adding to the lively conversation surrounding the sport. Contact him directly at mark.perry@cflnewshub.com.

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