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As of Tuesday evening, the CFL had yet to hand down any discipline towards the Hamilton Tiger-Cats GM & Head Coach, and Austin himself told reporters earlier in the day he doesn't expect any will be forthcoming.
Woldu doesn't agree.
"Absolutely he should get the maximum dollar fine," Woldu said. "And I think he should be suspended for a game. The reason I say that is because we have to hold (the coaches) accountable just like we do the players.
"If he would've been given the maximum fine and been kicked out of last year's game against Toronto when he contacted Dave Stala, guaranteed he doesn't go close to the ref (this time)."
Austin was fined $5,000 for the incident with Stala, and issued a public apology.
Paul Woldu retired following the 2015 CFL season and is currently working as a successful realtor in Regina. He also moonlights as an outstanding postgame analyst on Rider Radio 620 CKRM. It's clear he has some strong opinions on Austin's actions.
"You have to set a precedent," Woldu continued. "That way it will dictate your actions. I'll give you an example involving myself. I was fined two years ago for running into a referee on a play. He actually got in my way in the endzone, and I didn't even see him. They fined me the max and said while my intent wasn't there, I still happened to run into him.
"(Austin) knows his space. He could've said what he had to say within space but instead he was close and he did what he did and he should be fined for it."
Austin was irate over an Illegal Procedure penalty when Hamilton centre Mike Filer was called for moving the ball forward a few inches on a 3rd-and-inches situation in the fourth quarter. Austin appeared to have swatted the hand of Cesari while arguing the call, but said on Tuesday it was accidental.
"If you want to prevent this from happening again, you got to set the bar here," Woldu concluded.
Personally I'm not surprised the CFL hasn't yet made a ruling on Austin's actions. We're told the league is reviewing the incident and talking to all sides involved in the matter. League discipline isn't usually announced until the following Thursday.
Sportsnet's Arash Madani said on Tuesday's SportsCage that the ultimate decision on discipline for Austin will rest with CFL Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge.