Emil Alba takes out a referee during a game in HockeyAllsvenskan
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Player Suspended After Taking out Official with a Dangerous Slewfoot

Published January 29, 2024 at 9:21
A swedish player will be sitting on the sidelines for a bit after taking out a referee with a trip behind the net during a game. The incident happened over the weekend in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest tier of hockey in Sweden.

With Sodertalje taking on Mora, Sodertalje's Emil Alba took out referee Robin Jacobsson with a trip behind the Mora's net in the second period. There was no call on the play. However, it was reported to HockeyAllsvenskan's disciplinary committee, which decided on a two-game suspension.

It's hard to say that the trip was intentional, given the speed with which everything happened. Regardless, HockeyAllsvenskan's Disciplinary Committee says Alba should have at least made an effort to avoid the collision.

"Alba seemingly makes no effort whatsoever to avoid, or try to avoid, the contact that causes Jacobsson to fall limply to the ice with no way to protect himself." - HockeyAllsvenskan Disciplinary Committee

A similar incident happened in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) earlier this year when Albin Lundin of Timra was suspended for three games for tripping a linesman. However, the suspension was overturned on appeal to Sweden's National Sports Board.

Alba, 26, has been playing in HockeyAllsvenskan his entire professional career.
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Player Suspended After Taking out Official with a Dangerous Slewfoot

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