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CFL fan loses out on $1 million after penalty on kickoff

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: A penalty flag on the field during the fourth quarter of the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

A Winnipeg woman has a $1 million gripe with CFL officials, after a kickoff returned for a touchdown was brought back on a penalty that occurred far behind the play.

Safeway/Sobeys ran a contest awarding $1 million to a fan if two kickoffs were taken back for scores in the same game. After Winnipeg took the opening kickoff to the house in a game against Toronto on Thursday, Karen Kuldys of Winnipeg needed just one more taken back to win the life-changing sum of money.

“That should have been a touchdown,” said Stan, Karen’s husband. “I need to get in touch with the CFL. The guy was eight yards behind the guy running into the end zone. And the Bomber guy fell on his own.”

It wasn’t quite $1 million or bust, as Kuldys did receive a $25,000 home theater deal for the one kickoff that was brought back, as Safeway/Sobeys also kicked in free groceries for a year after hearing about the dilemma.

The missed fortune made such waves that CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie issued a statement. He would go on to invite both her and her husband to join the league during the Grey Cup, adding:

“It was a very tough call made by our official last night, one that could have gone either way,” Ambrosie said. “There are tough calls made all the time in our game because these are world-class athletes, moving at tremendous speeds, and we ask our officials to make difficult judgment calls in the blink of an eye, and we have to respect their decisions.”

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