Ice hockey-KHL match between Finns Jokerit and Dinamo Minsk cancelled amid fan protests
HELSINKI, Sept 3- The Kontinental Hockey League match between Finnish club Jokerit and Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled, the league said amid fan protests in Finland due to the political situation in Belarus. The decision came on the day Jokerit were supposed to travel, following widespread criticism in Finland against…
HELSINKI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The Kontinental Hockey League match between Finnish club Jokerit and Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled, the league said amid fan protests in Finland due to the political situation in Belarus.
“The League will inform about the reasons later,” KHL said on their website.
Sources told Finnish news agency STT the Finnish team’s flight to Minsk had been cancelled and that the team would not be playing.
The decision came on the day Jokerit were supposed to travel, following widespread criticism in Finland against the team’s attendance amid continued protests in Belarus over the results of August’s presidential election.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is facing the biggest challenge of his 26-year rule after claiming victory in the election, which opponents say was rigged. He denies electoral fraud and shows no sign of backing down.
Jokerit were not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters.
The team’s own fanclub threatened on Wednesday to boycott their matches if they travelled to Belarus.
(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Additional reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber in Moscow Editing by Toby Davis)
ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.