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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.
Weber said he'd meant to bodycheck Seidenberg, but not hit him in the head or hurt him.
"Obviously I was thinking about it all night," Weber said. "It's unfortunate. I'm going to serve it and hopefully come back and help out."
Following a video review of the incident, 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.
"I'm not surprised there was further disciplinary action taken," Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman said. "I am aware that this type of hit, hits to the head is a major concern for the IIHF. Now looking forward, everyone sees a standard has been set.
"In a potential nine-game tournament a three-game suspension is a significant suspension. Obviously, as the team which has a player suspended, we were hoping it's less and the Germans weren't really pushing it one way or the other. But I'm not going to complain about the suspension because we really weren't sure how they would go."
Seidenberg was concussed and will at least miss the next match against 2002 champion Slovakia.
"I've seen the replay on TV," said Seidenberg, adding that he thought he'd be out for the tournament.
"I can't remember anything _ not even the check itself."
Weber will miss the remainder of Canada's preliminary round matches, against Norway and Slovakia, plus its first qualifying round game.
Yzerman said calling up new players from North America was still an option.
"Shea's a good player for us and a big part of our defense so it's a loss, but we do have options, we do have enough players, and the coaches will make some adjustments to how we play our special teams," he said.


Updated : 2020-12-03 10:30 GMT+08:00