Scandal in German ice hockey: monkey sounds from Ingolstadt's grandstand
Created: 09/26/2022, 18:00
By: Andreas Knobloch
Sena Acolatste, here on the boards during the game against ERC Ingolstadt.
The incident also happened that day.
© IMAGO/Johannes TRAUB / JT-Presse.de
There is another racism scandal in the DEL.
Sena Acolatse from the Iserlohn Roosters had to listen to monkey sounds in Ingolstadt.
Ingolstadt/Neuss – The German Ice Hockey League and ERC Ingolstadt are investigating a racism incident.
As the DEL confirmed on Monday, the incident occurred on September 18th after the ERC Ingolstadt game against the Iserlohn Roosters (5:2).
Accordingly, Roosters professional Sena Acolatse is said to have been insulted by the ranks with monkey noises.
“We condemn any kind of racism.
We are in close contact with both clubs.
Ingolstadt will try by all means to find the person," said DEL Managing Director Gernot Tripcke of the German Press Agency on Monday.
DEL scandal should be cleared up quickly
The association also wants to clarify the case quickly.
"We emphasize that we firmly reject any kind of racism and do not tolerate it in our arena.
We are therefore fully supporting the investigating authorities in coordination with the Roosters and the league office in order to clarify this case as quickly as possible," said Ingolstadt's managing director Claus Liedy.
As early as 2020, Acolatse, who was then active for Straubing, was insulted with a monkey gesture by ERC striker Daniel Pietta.
Pietta had been suspended for nine league and friendly games.
Acolatse had repeatedly rejected an offer to discuss the matter.
DEL scandal with Sena Acolatse at the center - it does not hit him for the first time
Pietta also wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram at the time.
Among other things, the statement said: "My gesture arose from the emotion and was directed against the Straubinger team in general, not against an individual player and was - above all - not meant in any way racist."
Sena Acolatse is American and started his career in Seattle.
After seven other positions in the WHL and AHL, where he never made it into the NHL, he moved to Germany in 2018 to the Straubing Tigers.
The winter sports enthusiast has been lacing up his skates for the Iserlohn Roosters since 2021.
(acknowledgment with dpa)