The Rouge

Good day to you all. I love the rouge in CFL football but I am hoping someone can help me with the origin of the rouge. Was it there from the beginning of the CFL or was it added to the rules at a late date and why.


As far as I know it has always been there

There is an excellent explanation of the rouge here:

removing the rouge as early as 2005 is news to me.

I find it interesting that they used to subtract a point instead of adding.