Before publishing any official statement the Deeside Dragons wanted to give the LMC (League Management Committee) the opportunity to review any information it required and make its decision and impose any sanctions it felt necessary in regards to last weekends game against the Widnes Wild.
Having received a response from the LMC (see below), we feel that there is nothing further to add other than to say we support the LMCâ€™s decision and ensure that in future games between the Dragons and Widnes Wild will continue to be played in the sprit of the game.
The LMCâ€™s response to the incident:
â€˜This was an incident on the ice that has been reviewed with on-ice officials and the Secretary of NIHL Discipline who was present at this match.
This match had 3 experienced referees who had control of the match.
The incident involving Lee Kemp and Alex Roberts was observed by the referees who were in, immediately after it occurred.
A check to the head by Roberts, was a forearm to the helmet, which forced Kemp to the ice. His injury was caused by his head making contact with the ice. Â At this point, the Widnes Coach decided to remove his team from the competition. This action was confirmed when the referee went to the Widnes dressing room where the Widnes Coach refused to return his team to the competition.
No reference was made to the Discipline Secretary, who was present at the match, nor was any League Management Committee Member contacted to request the match be suspended.
The score stands. 3-1 to Deeside.
The 2 + 10 misconduct penalty to Alex Roberts has been reviewed and increased to a 5+ Match for ‘Check to the Head’, and he is suspended for 3 games.
The Deeside Team is warned to their future conduct.
The Widnes Team is fined Â£500 (suspended) for removing the team from the competition and warned to their future conduct.
The Widnes Coach is instructed to review the Disciplinary Document.
Both Teams will have supervision reviewing matches in upcoming play-offsâ€™.