The Disciplinary Board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has reprimanded the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) for violating the organisation's code of ethics. Representatives of the IIHF believe that the FHR did not prevent the spread of "war propaganda in Ukraine" by clubs and leagues under the jurisdiction of the federation.
In a press release on site The IIHF specifies that fans of Russian hockey clubs brought paraphernalia with a political context to the matches, and the teams published messages with political slogans on their social networks.
“Signs or billboards showing support or propaganda for the war in Ukraine are inappropriate in arenas and hockey, and such images constitute a violation of article 2.2.1 (Dignity) of the IIHF code of ethics,” the text reads.
The IIHF did not explain what kind of abuse in question. In May, the International Federation decided to suspension teams of Russia and Belarus from the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2023. Earlier, Russia was deprived of the right to host this tournament.