NHL-spiller risikerer 20 kampes karantæne for at overfalde dommer

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Det så ekstremt mystisk ud, da Calgary Flames-spilleren Dennis Wideman onsdag aften pludselig sendte en linjedommer i isen med en voldsom cross-checking. Nu risikerer den rutinerede back en lang karantæne.

NHL suspenderede torsdag Wideman på ubestemt tid. Det kan lyde voldsomt, men historien er egentlig, at han er suspenderet til efter weekendens All Star-event. Tirsdag i næste uge skal han så mødes med NHL’s disciplinærudvalg for at give en forklaring på, hvad der skete, da han i onsdagens kamp mellem Calgary Flames og Nashville Predators tacklede linjedommer Don Henderson hårdt i ryggen.

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Dennis Wideman forklarede efter kampen, at der var tale om et hændeligt uheld, men på tv-billederne ser hans handling umiddelbart meget bevidst ud. Den 32-årige backs høring med disciplinærudvalget bliver sandsynligvis meget afgørende for, hvilken straf han får for overfaldet.

Umiddelbart ser det nemlig ud til at ligge fast, at Wideman bliver straffet for at cross-checke Henderson, som fuldførte onsdagens kamp, men efterfølgende måtte en tur på hospitalet til et tjek. NHL’s regelbog udstikker tre mulige scenarier, som betyder, at Wideman kan straffes med alt fra tre kampes karantæne til over 20 spilledage i skyggen.

NHL’s regler for “abuse of officials” lyder således:

40.2 Automatic Suspension – Category I – Any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with intent to injure, or who in any manner attempts to injure an official shall be automatically suspended for not less than twenty (20) games. (For the purpose of the rule, “intent to injure” shall mean any physical force which a player knew or should have known could reasonably be expected to cause injury.)

40.3 Automatic Suspension – Category II – Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.

40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.

Det vil formentlig blive afgjort på tirsdag, hvilken straf Dennis Wideman idømmes.