Ice hockey-Targeted with racist behaviour, Smereck says change is overdue

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By Amy Tennery (Reuters) – Ukrainian Hockey League (UHL) player Jalen Smereck told Reuters on Friday he would return to the ice despite an opponent targeting him with racist behavior, but the American said reform was long overdue for the sport. A video showing HC Kremenchuk forward Andriy Deniskin peeling and eating a banana in a gesture directed toward the HC Donbass defenceman, who is Black, during a game shocked the global hockey community this week and prompted outcry over racism in the sport. Deniskin was suspended for 13 games – only three of which are mandatory if he pays an additional …

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