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November 22, 2014

Player: Zack Fitzgerald
Number: 13
Team: Braehead Clan

During the game Braehead Clan v Sheffield Steelers on 21/11/2014, The Department of Player Safety has reviewed the incident that took place at the end of the first period where Fitzgerald was assessed a two-minute aggressor, a five-minute fighting major and an automatic game misconduct (20) for the fight at the end of the period.

The Department of Player Safety has reviewed this incident and has come to the following conclusions...

- Braehead #14 Roehl instigates the altercation at the end of the period. Fitzgerald has no need to join this altercation and both coaches need to control all of the players at all times.

- Fitzgerald is clearly the aggressor of the situation with Bois, throwing multiple punches attempting to inflict punishment on Bois.

- He continues to throw punches when Bois is defenceless and unable to protect himself.

- Despite the pairing up of Fitzgerald and Bois from the original altercation, Bois is an unwilling combatant.

- The fight is considered a one-man fight.

- There is an apparent injury to Bois as a result of this and he took no further part in the game.

The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent, who is in a defenceless position or who is an unwilling combatant.

One player engages in a fight and the opposing player does not engage (no punches thrown, no commitment to fight, etc). Essentially, it is not two willing combatants (only one) and for the intent of this example, it is considered a one-man fight.

The Department of Player Safety has suspended Fitzgerald for two (2) games.

Click here for a video explanation of the incident. 


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