When a referee slips in the middle of a match

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 4:07 p.m.

Tim Peel, an experienced NHL referee, has been banned after saying during a game between Nashville and Detroit that he voluntarily imposed a penalty on the locals.

If, in the sports which have recourse to this practice, the wearing of microphones by the referees allows the viewer to better understand the rules of the game and the interpretation which is made of them, they can also have another use, as we have been able. see him Tuesday night during the NHL meeting between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings (2-0). The little phrase of an arbIt was captured in the middle of a game and caused a lot of noise.

The experienced Tim Peel, 1433 games on the clock in the North American league, was indeed heard, live on the air during the second period, saying to another official: « There’s not much, but I wanted to give Nashville a fucking penalty … » A sentence pronounced after a penalty inflicted on the premises, following contact between Viktor Arvidsson and Jon Merrill. The Swedish Predators forward did not seem to understand why he had been sanctioned.

« There is no justification for his comments »

And while that didn’t stop the Tennessee franchise from winning in the end, the NHL was quick to crack down. While Peel was to retire at the end of the season, he was banned and will no longer have the opportunity to officiate in the NHL. “Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our sport. Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to adhering to this foundational principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all who are associated with our game expect and deserve., Colin Campbell, director of hockey operations for the league, explained in a statement. There is no justification for his comments, no matter the context or his intent, and the NHL will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the integrity of our sport.  »

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