Russia faces punishment for lack of respect to Canada

May 22, 2015

The IIHF has said Russia will be sanctioned after their players showed a lack of respect to Canada following a 6-1 loss in the final of the world championships in Prague.

Canada's Sidney Crosby (R) raises the trophy of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship during the medal ceremony after the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship final match Canada vs Russia on May 17, 2015 at the O2 Arena in Prague. Olympic champions Canada won the ice hockey world championship after sweeping defending champions Russia 6-1 in the final.     AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEKMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images

Canada’s Sidney Crosby (R) raises the trophy of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship during the medal ceremony after the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship final match Canada vs Russia on May 17, 2015 at the O2 Arena in Prague. Olympic champions Canada won the ice hockey world championship after sweeping defending champions Russia 6-1 in the final. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEKMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images

Most of Russia’s players left the ice straight after Sunday’s defeat and headed for the dressing rooms without waiting for the national anthem of Canada to be played, which goes against the etiquette of the sport.

“Once we arrive back home after the world championships we will look into this question and we will get in touch with those in charge at the Russian Ice Hockey Federation,” IIHF president Rene Fasel said in the statement to the TASS news agency.

“The IIHF has its own protocol and some sort of punishment will be handed down.”

“On the ice during the game, anything can happen — collisions, fights. However, after its conclusion, respect to the opposition is always necessary,” he added.

Canada won their first world championship since 2007 after three quick-fire second-period goals helped the team filled with NHL stars finish the tournament undefeated.

 

 

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