Two former Sheffield Steelers players have criticised the Elite League over its competence in protecting and disciplining players involved in on-ice violence.
Marc Twaite and Corey Beaulieu spoke out after the EIHL asked for outside help to assess incidents involving Colton Fretter and Belfast Giants' Spiro Goulako, at Sheffield Arena last Sunday.
The League was moved to bring in outside adjudication after world-wide criticism of the one-match ban imposed on Fretter, who attacked Goulako from behind, off the play...shortly after the Steelers' winger had himself been the victim of a hit from behind.
Twait said: "How embarrassing is the Elite League? The only way to make the national news is through travesty - not through Nottingham Panthers or Cardiff Devils doing so well in the CHL across Europe but for the latest situation regards to Department Of Player Safety.
"I've seen all the videos from the Giants v Steelers game also Giants v Flames and as an ex player we all know in certain heated situations things happen. Players see red mist, they react and sometimes it's not always the best reaction or outcome.
"For DOPS to call two games for a player accidentally bumping into a player, hands, gloves, elbows and stick down then calling one game for a guy who saw red mist and skated hard and fast over 15 Strides...and hits a guy blindsided from behind, is totally wrong.
"Now the guy who was hit will be out for several games with concussion" said Twaite, whose own career was ended by injury in a training accident.
"We've recently had a poor guy in Guildford, a Swedish international retire from a severe concussion he received earlier on this season which is awful."
Twaite said club owners had been trying to attract top end talent to the League.
"Now one shocking decision has ruined all the hard work over the last 15 years.
"You think the sport is moving forward but when stuff like this happens you have to ask it's not it's going backwards. Imagine what the sponsors are feeling now?
Ex Sheffield d-man Corey Beaulieu added: "It's a joke that a third party has to be brought in due to the backlash of the original discipline handed out.
"I myself have been guilty of many offences but that was pretty blatant on both parties' part."