MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti)
Locked-out NHL stars coming to play in the Russia-based KHL should learn the league's rules rather than complaining about referees, the head of the KHL refereeing department told R-Sport on Tuesday.
The NHL declared a lockout last month when pay talks between owners and players foundered, causing players such as last season’s MVP Evgeni Malkin and big-scoring forward Alex Ovechkin to come to the KHL.
Both have since found themselves disagreeing with referees over on-ice incidents.
“In every country there are certain nuances, however the player’s obligation is to know the rules,” referee supervisor Alexander Polyakov said.
“You can find the KHL rules on the league website, by the way, so a player who’s come to play in the KHL should go and read them.”
Some players complaining about referees were just sore losers, Polyakov suggested.
“No-one likes to lose, but if the game isn’t going your way either, then these types of comments emerge,” he said, adding that there would be no tolerance or “special permits” for stars.
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