Swedish Hockey Player Suspended For Physically Abusing A Referee

Published January 29, 2024 at 11:45

A Swedish player finds himself on the sidelines after unintentionally tripping a referee behind the net during a recent HockeyAllsvenskan game, the second-tier hockey league in Sweden.

In a match between Sodertalje and Mora, Emil Alba of Sodertalje collided with referee Robin Jacobsson during the second period. Despite no immediate penalty call, the incident was reported to HockeyAllsvenskan's disciplinary committee, which handed down a two-game suspension.

While the speed of the incident makes it challenging to label the trip as intentional, the disciplinary committee believes Alba should have made an effort to avoid the collision.

"Alba seemingly makes no effort whatsoever to avoid, or try to avoid, the contact that causes Jacobsson to fall limply to the ice with no way to protect himself." - HockeyAllsvenskan Disciplinary Committee

A similar event occurred in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) earlier this year when Albin Lundin of Timra received a three-game suspension for tripping a linesman. However, the suspension was overturned on appeal to Sweden's National Sports Board.

At 26, Alba has spent his entire professional career playing in HockeyAllsvenskan.

Source: Bladeofsteel
January 29   |   59 answers
Swedish Hockey Player Suspended For Physically Abusing A Referee

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