Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo Attacker Vladislav Premierov said in an interview with that he didn’t want to hurt anyone if he was sent off during the match against Vityaz.
On Tuesday, September 26, Torpedo defeated Vityaz near Moscow (4:1) in the Fonbet KHL championship match. At the start of the third period, Firstov was ejected for the rest of the match for pushing the referee. The player received the puck in the middle zone, under pressure from the opponent he rolled into his zone, where the line referee Alexander Chernyshev stood in his way, whom Firstov pushed away. Shortly after, the main referees stopped the match and sent off the Nizhny Novgorod striker for 20 minutes (until the end of the match) for unsportsmanlike behavior.
— You received a disciplinary fine until the end of the match. Why did you push the judge? Emotions?
“It’s not about emotions and I didn’t want to hurt anyone.” It’s not like I want to hit anyone. There was just one episode where a Vityaz player ran away. A dangerous moment could arise. The referee was standing near the boards, I hit him. He’s not leaving, I have to run. I thought I would push him a little to get him to move away. It wasn’t just out of malice. But the judge ruled it was worth 20 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. Even though I contacted the head referee and told him I didn’t mean to do anything wrong. I was just thinking about how to get around the judge. Well, why should we stand there kissing? I don’t understand. Well, that’s how it all happened.
– The main thing is that you and the referee later find a common language.
– Yes, I said I didn’t want to do anything bad. There was no thought of offending or offending anyone. “I want there to be less of that in hockey,” Firstov told .
Torpedo leads the Western Conference standings. In 10 matches, Nizhny Novgorod scored 17 points.
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