Bracknell Bees investigation reveals no evidence of racist abuseBy Hugh Fort
November 06, 2012
An investigation into alleged racial abuse of Bracknell Bees players has confirmed there is no evidence supporting the allegation.
The probe by the ice hockey club and John Nike Leisuresport Complex into an allegation made by a fan that another spectator threw something on to the ice and made a racial slur has revealed no evidence of the racist abuse allegation.
The investigators took 12 statements from spectators and officials and looked at photographs and video.
Staff also confirmed there was no racial abuse, and that while an item was thrown on to the ice, the person who threw it could not be identified.
Two of the statements supplied by the Bees' opponents, the Sheffield Steeldogs, after the game on Sunday, October 21, were also inconclusive.
As well as the spectators, the referee and linesman have confirmed there was no racial abuse heard on or off the ice.
A spokesman for the English Premier Ice Hockey League said: "The EIHA takes all allegations of racial issues extremely seriously and will take action against spectators, players and officials on issues that are supported by evidence."