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Disgusting scene on the ice in the Ukrainian Hockey League over the weekend … where a white player blatantly and vilely directed a racist gesture at his Black opponent.
The disturbing incident all went down in a game between HC Kremenchuk and HC Donbass … when Andrei Deniskin got into a mid-match tiff with Jalen Smereck.
Хоккейный клуб «Донбасс» резко отрицает все формы дискриминации и возмущен поведением Андрея Денискина. Донецкий клуб отвергает любые расистские проявления – расизму не место ни на спортивных площадках, ни за их пределами 😠 pic.twitter.com/FhfXgw45Cu
— HC Donbass (@hcdonbass) September 26, 2021
You can see in broadcast footage of the game … after the two were separated, Deniskin began making a banana peeling and eating motion with his hands and mouth toward Smereck.
The move was so obviously racist, Deniskin was ejected from the game … and he was immediately ripped for the move by viewers and onlookers.
Smereck’s team, HC Donbass called the act “outrageous” … and the UHL has since launched an investigation into it all.
In fact, the general manager of the UHL, Eugene Kolychev, promised to follow the probe “closely” … and in a statement, he added, “I declare that there is no place for #racism in Ukrainian professional hockey.”
For his part, Deniskin reportedly issued an apology in a now-deleted Instagram post … writing in the caption, “I respect all people regardless of race or nationality.”
I appreciate the support thank you so much 🤎✊🏿 https://t.co/cut4t5rTDG
— Jalen Smereck (@jalen_smereck) September 26, 2021
Smereck, meanwhile, has thanked his followers and fans for their support in wake of the incident on his social media page.