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Hockey Player To Face Potential Legal Consequences After Recent Incident


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Hunter Bowman
December 19, 2023  (8:44 PM)
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A player who faced a significant suspension for hitting a referee during a hockey game in Sweden is now dealing with potential legal consequences. Reports indicate that the incident has been reported to the police, initiating a preliminary investigation into Casper Gillberg's actions.

The hit occurred on November 19th, and while Gillberg initially claimed it was accidental, the video suggests otherwise. Despite his apology the next day, Gillberg was handed a lengthy suspension, preventing him from playing hockey until December 31st, 2024 – a sanction extending over a year. The injured referee, who suffered a broken arm, reportedly filed a report with the police, as revealed by Expressen.se.
"From the beginning, the plaintiff thought it was a pure accident. But after seeing clips from the incident, he chose to report it to the police because he didn't think it looked like an accident." - Preliminary investigation leader Marcus Hoppe at the Motala Police

If charges are pressed, the case would be classified as assault, according to the police.
"We have access to the video material from the match. We will interview the claimant to get a better picture of the incident. Then we have to make an assessment as to whether we should proceed with the case and summon the suspect for questioning."

Gillberg, a 22-year-old defenseman, was playing for Vita Hasten at the time, a team in HockeyTrean, the fifth tier of the Swedish ice hockey system.
Source: Bladeofsteel
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