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DISCIPLINE UPDATE

January 25, 2013

Media/social media fines

The Rapid Solicitors Elite League disciplinary committee has fined Sheffield Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty and Coventry Blaze coach Paul Thompson for comments made in the media and on social media last weekend.

Finnerty has been fined in accordance of Elite League rules for comments made in a local newspaper and on the club website.

Thompson’s fine is in reference to comments made on social media.

Chris Frank match penalty

The Rapid Solicitors Elite League disciplinary committee will review the match penalty assessed on Sheffield Steelers defenceman Chris Frank in his side's Challenge Cup quarter-final first leg at Dundee Stars last night (Thursday 24th January 2013).

Frank was thrown out of the game and given a match penalty for excessive roughness in the third period (59:59).

This penalty carries a minimum one-match ban.

The disciplinary committee will report on its findings in the next 24 hours.

League discipline

Disciplinary committee representatives have been in contact with all 10 member clubs this week and reaffirmed to them the backing and support for its officials, and reminded them that any form of abuse, be it on ice, off the ice through social media or other media outlets, will not be tolerated.

A number of incidents have been bought to the committee's attention this week, which have all been reviewed and dealt with.

Head of discipline, Simon Kirkham, said: "We have reviewed the disputed goal situation, which occurred during the third period of Sunday’s game between Coventry and Belfast, and fully support the referee's decision.

"A number of incidents occurred last weekend with players being thrown out for abuse of officials. The clubs have been warned that these incidents will not be tolerated.  

"The officiating staff are instructed, as always, to call penalties though the game, whether it be in the first minute of the game or the last minute of overtime.  

"This message has been reaffirmed throughout the League officiating department and this message also passed on to all 10 teams.

"We understand that emotions can and do run high during games. However, this is no excuse for outbursts criticising the League officiating staff." 

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