No matter the sport, the second offender, whether it’s in retaliation or not, is usually always the one to be punished. Well, while the example here is a bit more egregious, something to that effect happened in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, which is being co-hosted by Finland and Latvia, on Saturday.

In the clip below, Canadian ice hockey player Joseph Veleno of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, can be seen stomping on Nino Neiderreiter of Switzerland. He got away with it, but Neiderreiter, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets, didn’t forget about it. Neiderreiter let Veleno have it and was ultimately the recipient of a roughing penalty, even after the latter flopped onto the ice.

Steven Ellis, an associate editor and prospect analyst for Daily Faceoff, detailed how the Swiss fans were none too pleased with the call. And who could blame them? What Veleno did is a huge no-no in any sport, let alone hockey. Stomping on someone else’s ankle with a skate blade and the intent to injure is not only something that would incur a major penalty but surely an ejection and possible suspension.

“It does not belong to our sport,” Neiderreiter said about the attack, via Slovakian journalist Tomáš Prokop.

Those in the hockey world reacted to the dirty play on social media, and as Neiderreiter did, they let Veleno have it.

It remains to be seen what IIHF decides on Veleno and his future at the World Championships. In any event, this is just not something that can happen in hockey, let alone any sport.

[Steven Ellis on Twitter; photo from Twitter]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.