BREAKING: Three match ban for Sheffield Steelers’ rivals

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COVENTRY Blaze forward Brad Leeb has received a three-match ban for his sucker punch during his side’s challenge match at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday.

That won’t especially please Sheffield boss Ryan Finnerty who thought a ban twice that length would be more appropriate.

Or Leeb’s victim Jason Hewitt, who suffered a broken nose.

The tariff for the sucker punch penalty carries an automatic three-match ban and, after a review by the disciplinary committee, they decided to uphold the penalty.

Head of discipline, Simon Kirkham, said: “I have reviewed the video and received reports from the referee and two linesman and I agree with the initial penalty call.

“It is important to clamp down on unsavoury incidents and the officials will be as vigilant as ever throughout the season in assuring that these incidents are penalised.”

Leeb will miss three matches (listed below), one of which has already been served.

Sunday 2nd September 2012 – Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers (already served)

Wednesday 5th September 2012 – Coventry Blaze v Cardiff Devils

Saturday 8th September 2012 – Dundee Stars v Coventry Blaze