Elmira Enforcers owner to be fined $25,000 after altercation with referees
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- According to the Federal Hockey League, Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols will be fined $25,000 after getting into an altercation with on-ice officials at Sunday's game against the Carolina Thunderbirds.
The incident happened after a controversial call was made during the first period. Because of the incident, the game was halted after the period and then canceled.
According to Elmira Police, they were dispatched to First Arena around 5:00 p.m. and dispersed an unruly crowd before speaking to team management and the officials involved.
In a statement, EPD said the matter was closed and "requires nothing more at this time".
However, former FHL Referee In-Chief Eugene Binda tells WENY News they intend to pursue the case legally. After the incident, Binda announced he was stepping down as head ref and unpublished the schedule for all the FHL games, citing safety concerns for on-ice officials.
In his email announcing his resignation, Binda said one referee was pushed by Robbie and the other had his shirt torn open.
WENY News will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they come in.