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Ukita suspended

Ukita suspended

Japanese forward to miss one game

Published 15.08.2018 16:17 GMT+11 | Author Martin Merk
Ukita suspended
Japan will have to play against Switzerland without Rui Ukita due to a suspension. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Japanese forward Rui Ukita was suspended for one game due to a kicking incident in the last minute of the game against Sweden.

With 48 seconds left in the teams’ game yesterday there was an incident between Ukita and Swedish player Annie Svedin. During a puck battle in front of the Swedish bench Svedin pushed Ukita to the ice and while Svedin was over Ukita, the Japanese player made a kicking action directed to the lower body of her opponent.

Based on the videos and other facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that the kicking motion was not mere momentum of the play, but a clear leg movement made in the direction and in close proximity of the opponent.

While the panel does not believe the action was made with the intent to injure the player, the swinging leg motion itself within close proximity of her opponent leads to the violation of IIHF Official Playing Rule 152 and shall therefore be sanctioned with a one-game suspension.

Rui Ukita will therefore be suspended for tomorrow’s game between Japan and Switzerland.


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