The KHL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed an episode from the 14th minute of Tuesday’s game in Moscow between Dynamo and SKA, in which Petersburg forward Evgeny Artyukhin aimed a number of blows at Muscovites’ defenseman Janne Jalasvaara.

The Committee decided to uphold the referee’s decision to hand Artyukhin a minor, major, misconduct and game misconduct penalty (2+5+10+20 minutes) for being the instigator and the aggressor in the fight. This offence incurs additional disciplinary sanctions, in this case a suspension of two games plus a further one-game ban for being a repeat offender.

Artyukhin is therefore banned for three games.

Valery Kamensky, head of the Disciplinary Committee, had this to say: “There were seven of us in the meeting and not everyone agreed at first, but in the end we managed to find some common ground. I’d like to point out that the Disciplinary Committee is governed by the regulations and nothing more. The player was sent off in accordance with the laws of the game, and his additional ban could have been for three games.

Taking into account the circumstances of the game and the rivalry between the teams, we decided on two games, while the one-game ban for persistent offending is automatic. There are a lot of decisive games coming up, and the number of heated exchanges will rise. The Disciplinary Committee will pay close attention to each incident which merit heavy disciplinary measures, while the referees will have to be even more attentive and try to keep the game under control, to that things do not turn nasty.”

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