Sheffield Steelers two-way forward Luke Ferrara was injured when he came up against Sheffield Steeldogs in the English Premier League match.
The winger, playing for Peterborough, went down after hitting his head on the ice following a tangle with Dogs’ Craig Elliott. Ferrara’s side had the best of the bad tempered game though, they won 6-2. Dogs captain Greg Wood and Andrew Hirst got the visitors’ goals.
Wood was scathing about referee Paul Brooks, saying: “Normally I’m not one to criticise referees because for 99% of the time they do a really good job but I think that was the probably the worst display of refereeing I’ve seen in a long while. A brawl came about because he’d let dangerous play go. The game was lost at that point and with Andre’s team you know you’re not going to go down without a fight.”
He added: “It’s not the way we want to play all the time because we want to win but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire”.
Steeldogs also had six put past them on Saturday at Basingstoke (6-1.)
There, tempers frayed in the warm-up in Basingstoke and players squared up - and that carried in to the game.
Ashley Calvert’s goal prevented the shut-out.