Major Accusations Against Former NHLer in Europe
The former NHLer, Carl Klingberg, brother of current Maple Leafs defenseman John Klingberg
, is currently competing with Frolunda in the SHL and made a controversial declaration after an 8-2 win.
After a game against Rogle, the player joked with reporters, telling them he told his teammates to stop scoring because he bet the score was going to be 8-2.
Some people reported him to the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, and they made an official ruling on the situation.
Swedish Ice Hockey Association Reaches a Verdict on Klingberg
Klingberg's comments were not appreciated by the League. Even joking about fixing games is not welcome in hockey.
They released an official statement:
"The thorough investigation conducted by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association's competition department shows no signs of suspected gambling or manipulation of sporting results to benefit himself or other parties."
"There is no indication of match-fixing and therefore no reason for us to report the player to the disciplinary committee. However, we seriously believe that the player's statement in the media, even if it was in a joking tone, normalized match-fixing. We see no place whatsoever in ice hockey for match-fixing or illegal betting." - Swedish Ice Hockey Association
Klingberg will certainly learn his lesson. Even if he was only joking, this could genuinely harm the League's reputation.
If something like this happened in the NHL, do you think the player would face significant sanctions?
As seen on Blade of Steel - League announces decision after investigation into Karl Klingberg after match fixing allegations