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Weber suspended three games for hit to head of German player

Weber suspended three games for hit to head of German player

Canada's Shea Weber was banned Sunday for three matches at the Hockey World Championships for hitting German forward Yannic Seidenberg in the head a day earlier.
The Nashville Predators blueliner was ejected just 1:19 into Saturday's Group C game, forcefully elbowing Seidenberg in the chin as came through center ice with his head down.
Initially, there was no call by Finnish referee Jyri Petteri Ronn, but as Seidenberg struggled to get up, pitching over repeatedly, Weber was slapped with a five-minute major and game misconduct.
Canada won the game 3-2.
A vote was taken among the dictatorate, the International Ice Hockey Federation's governing body, on whether Weber should receive further discipline. The vote was 19-3 in favor of further sanctions.
IIHF President Rene Fasel had opened the meeting by proposing a five-match ban.
But the 22 directorate members _ with representatives from the IIHF, the organizing committee and all 16 participating nations _ voted to suspend Weber for three games.
Seidenberg was concussed and will at least miss the next match against 2002 champion Slovakia.
Weber will miss the remainder of Canada's preliminary round matches, against Norway and Slovakia, plus its first qualifying round game.


Updated : 2020-12-04 23:18 GMT+08:00