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Russia Just Got Fined For Being Sore Losers After Canada Beat Them In Hockey

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The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia is being fined for players walking out on the medal ceremony at the world championship in May.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Monday that Russia will be fined 80,000 Swiss francs, or roughly $110,000 CAD, over the incident.Canada beat Russia 6–1 in the gold-medal match in Prague on May 17. The IIHF said Russian players left the ice after an "unmistakable head gesture" from team captain Ilya Kovalchuk.This was after Canadian players got their medals but before "O Canada" had played and the flags of the medal-winning teams were raised in the arena.
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The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Monday that Russia will be fined 80,000 Swiss francs, or roughly $110,000 CAD, over the incident.

Canada beat Russia 6–1 in the gold-medal match in Prague on May 17. The IIHF said Russian players left the ice after an "unmistakable head gesture" from team captain Ilya Kovalchuk.

This was after Canadian players got their medals but before "O Canada" had played and the flags of the medal-winning teams were raised in the arena.

Russia (@FHR_RU) was fined CHF 80,000 due to the incident at the medal ceremony after the #IIHFWorlds final game. http://t.co/gxv7Z0xNXC

The IIHF said Monday that the "remainder of the medal ceremony took place in absence of the Russian national team and its staff," which is generally considered rude as heck.

"This was exceptional as no other team has ever left the ice before the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship medal ceremony was completed."

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The Russian hockey federation tried to argue that players misinterpreted an open gate as a sign they could leave.

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But that explanation didn't fly with the IIHF's "Deciding Panel."

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"The open gate was irrelevant," the panel decided.

Russia said Monday it accepts the fine and won't appeal the decision.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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