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NHL disqualifies Russian Kuznetsov for three matches for cocaine use

The hockey player is not going to appeal the decision.

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The national hockey league for three matches disqualified striker “Washington” Yevgeny Kuznetsov for inappropriate behavior, according to the website of the league. The athlete will not appeal.

“Once again I want to say that I was sorry to upset my family, partners, the Capitals organization and the fans. I promise to do everything in my power to win your trust again with my actions on and off the ice, ”said the athlete.

In August, the International Hockey Federation announced the suspension of Kuznetsov for four years. This disqualification does not limit the ability to play in the NHL and KHL.

In the spring of 2019, a video spread in the network in which Kuznetsov sits in front of a table with two paths of white powder and a twisted bill. The media suggested that it was cocaine. Kuznetsov himself confirmed that he was present on the video, but said that he had never used drugs and was not going to try them. On May 26, during the World Cup in Slovakia, traces of cocaine were found in his doping test.

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