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Both teams lose in Saturday's KHL brawl

Published time: January 11, 2010 13:40
Edited time: January 11, 2010 13:40
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The Official Commission of the KHL has awarded both Vytaz Chekhov and Avangard Omsk, whose Saturday game descended into a massive brawl after only five minutes of play, with 0-5 defeats.

The commission also warned Vytaz could face exclusion from the Kontinental Hockey League if incidents like that occur again, Sovetsky Sport newspaper reports.

During a seven-hour-long hearing, Vityaz players were recognized as the initiators of the fight.

The Chekhov club was fined four million roubles (around €92.000), while Avangard will have to pay one million roubles (around €22.000).

Six Vityaz players, who received a match penalty during the game against Omsk, will miss their team’s next match. In Avangard, only one player was awarded such punishment.

Saturday’s match between Vytaz and Avangard in the Chekov arena in the Moscow Region was stopped after just five minutes due to a huge fight.

The players picked up just under 700 penalty minutes between them, leaving virtually no one left to play the match.

Such things are impossible in the NHL – Jagr

“I have never seen anything like this. I have never even heard of anything like that. And of course, I can’t recall such things happening in the NHL. And they couldn’t happen there because of the rules. If someone fights at a warm-up before the match or pop up on the ice from the bench when the others are fighting, he will get a 20-match disqualification in no time, which means he will lose a quarter of his salary for the championship. And the punishment may be even more severe – suspension from games for six months or a year… No one would want to commit such stupid things and stay out of hockey for the season,” Avangard forward Jaromir Jagr said.

The Czech super-star, who scored 723 goals in the NHL and lifted the Stanley Cup twice and also won an Olympic Gold, unwillingly became one of the key figures in the scuffle.

“During warm-up [Vityaz] tough guys Darcy Verot deliberately hit one of the Avangard players with a puck. And then skated to one of our men at the red line and stabbed him with his stick. If you are a tough guy you must follow a code of honor. People were tussling with each other all around us. I was holding him. Vero said: ‘OK, that’s it. No fighting any more.’ I let him go. And a couple of seconds later the guy punched me in the face. I was not prepared and fell down. It was quite mean, but that’s the type of person Verot is,” he said.

Follow the link to watch the brawl.