From Dave Naylor TSN: There was some concern raised over the weekend about plays where defensive backs appeared to be defending receivers without ever turning to look at the ball, including on the play where Montreal's Chip Cox broke up a two-point convert attempt throw to receiver Aaron Kelly that would have tied the game for Hamilton. In the past, defenders who do not turn to look at the ball before it arrives have been flagged for faceguarding. However, CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins said [b][i]the interpretation of that foul has evolved in recent years[/i][/b] so that defenders are no longer required to turn and look at the ball before making a play on a receiver as the ball arrives.
"The rule has changed over the course of a decade," said Higgins.
How do rules just "change" and "evolve"?
Ambiguity and capricious officiating are damaging the game and lead to fan and player confusion.
Either it is a rule, or it is not.
Does this now mean faceguarding is out of the rule book altogether?