MOSCOW — A Russian hockey team has been fined after its coach threatened to set fire to a referee’s car.
The Kontinental Hockey League fined Amur Khabarovsk 300,000 rubles ($4,700) after coach Alexander Gulyavtsev shouted “I’m going to set fire to your car in Perm,” a reference to the Russian city where both he and referee Viktor Gashilov are from.
Gulyavtsev was protesting a penalty awarded against his team in Monday’s game against Dynamo Moscow.
Gulyavtsev later claimed he meant the comments as “a joke,” adding that “I just said car, it’s not as if I said apartment.”
However, the KHL ruled the comments breached its rules on insulting and threatening officials. The league warned Amur that cases like this “tarnish the image” of the league.
Dynamo Moscow won 5-1.