Sheffield ice hockey coach denies ‘racist’ slur

Sheffield Steeldogs: Andre Payette
Sheffield Steeldogs: Andre Payette
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Sheffield Steeldogs’ coach Andre Payette has condemned allegations of racially abusive taunts against Manchester Phoenix player Liam Chong. “It’s rubbish, I asked my team and nobody heard any such thing. I phoned Tony Hand (Phoenix coach) and asked Liam to identify whoever he claims said something so I could deal with it and he was unable to do so.”

Payette added: “He said he heard something from left side of our bench so I then asked our bench coach if she heard anything and she did not.”

Manchester won Saturday’s game at iceSheffield 5-3.

Dogs lost on Sunday at Guildford Flames, 4-2.

Steeldogs host Milton Keynes Lightning on Saturday - before facing Manchester again, on Sunday.