Ukranian hockey player suspended three games for racist gest

Posted by seestyle on August 3rd, 2022

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A Ukrainian Hockey League player is facing additional consequences after making a racist gesture toward a Black American opponent during aleague game Sunday.

Andrei Deniskin ofHC Kremenchuk was ejected after taunting Jalen Smereck of HC Donba s Donetsk by mimicking peeling a banana and eating it.

On Wednesday, they banned Deniskin for at leastthree games. He was also suspended for an additional 10 games and fined an equivalent toa ,870.

A disgusting gesture in the UHL was made towards American Jalen Smereck This is embarra sing and pathetic for hockey. needs to step up here.

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"Donba s Hockey club strongly denies all forms of discrimination and is outraged by the behavior of Andrei Deniski," the club said in a statement at the time of the incident. "Racism has no place on sports grounds or outside of them." Josh Harris Jerseys


Smereck is a 24-year-old defenseman who was born in Detroit. He signed an entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Oct. 6, 2016, after a year in the OHL, and then played parts of five seasons inArizona's minor league organization.He joined HC Donba s in Druzhkivka, Ukraine, in the 2021 offseason.

Prior tothe release ofDeniskin's punishment, Smereckdecided to take a leave of absence from the Ukrainian club.

I will Junior Seau Jerseys not play another game in the UHL until Andrei Deniskin is suspended and removed from the league," .

Deniskin releaseda formal apology to his Instagram following the incidentbut thepost was later deleted.

"I want to expre s my public apology to Khalil Mack T Shirts Jalen Smereck," Deniskin reportedly captioned the post."During the match "Kremenchuk" "Donba s", I, being in negative emotions, showed a gesture that someone can consider as an insult in race.I respect all people regardle s of their race or nationality.Emotions in hockey, unfortunately, are different."

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Whether or not the IIHF steps in and weighs a heavier response has not been announced.At the time of the incident, NHL analysts on social media called for immediate heavy sanctions.

Hello and ; hoping your decision is minimum 1 year suspension without pay in all league and international competitions. This players actions are both hurtful and inexcusable. I eagerly await your appropriate and punitive response .

Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes)

Get this garbage out of hockey & get this hate and racism out period!

JT Brown (@JTBrown23)

Would say an appropriate response would be a five year ban from hockey, plus 500 hours of community service which must be done as a league volunteer. Either that or lifetime ban. Would be nice to see and make a real statement that this will Uchenna Nwosu Jerseys not be tolerated.

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