After a black player left his club over a banned star’s monkey insult, the hockey head wants new rules in Ukraine.
Luc Tardif, the president of the federation, has announced that the Ethics Committee he chairs is investigating a crisis that arose last month in the Ukrainian Hockey League (UHL).
Andrei Deniskin, a forward with HC Kremenchuk, was captured on camera peeling a banana and then eating it in the direction of African American Jalen Smereck, who has since left HC Donbass.
Smereck had stated that he would take a leave of absence until Deniskin was suspended and expelled by the league, however Deniskin’s contract was mutually cancelled over the weekend, and he has since joined the Bietigheim Steelers in Germany, with Deniskin apologizing and getting a 13-game suspension.
In the UHL, an obscene gesture was made towards American Jalen Smereck… @IIHFHockey needs to step up here because this is shameful and awful for hockey. pic.twitter.com/cSqxBKVC4k Deniskin apologized, saying, “During the match, I, being of unpleasant feelings, showed a gesture that may be regarded an insult [related to]race.”
“I hold all people in high regard, regardless of their ethnicity or nationality.” Hockey, unfortunately, has its own set of emotions.” Some have viewed Deniskin’s sentence, which is claimed to have ordered him to sit out three games and pay the remaining ten at a rate of 5,000 hryvnia ($188) per game, as lenient – and Tardif appears to agree.
Jalen Smereck (@ jsmereck5) shared a post.
“Thirteen games – that’s a third of the season,” Tardif told Reuters, adding that the IIHF will look into heavier penalties than the UHL’s maximum ban and press leagues to change their rules to include tougher penalties for racist behavior.
“That’s still a lot, but we don’t believe it’s sufficient.” By involving the Ethics Committee, I’m demonstrating that I believe we can go farther in terms of sanctions.
“I’ll defer to the committees’ judgment, but I’m not going to stop there.” That’s where we may increase the penalties, but only for tournaments that fall within our jurisdiction.” Bietigheim Steelers (@bietigheim.steelers) shared a post. “We need to put pressure on the federations and leagues to incorporate sanctions in their regulations for these types of situations.”
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