Hull Stingrays: Derek Campbell banned for 47 matches

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Ex-Hull forward Derek Campbell has been banned by the Elite League for a total of 47 matches for fighting, kneeing an opponent and an attempted eye gouge.

His penalty was fighting (15 games), attempted eye gouge (12), knee to head (12) and excessive force to head (10).

"There is no place for any of these actions in our sport," said Elite League head of discipline Moray Hanson.

"I have studied the game tape in great detail and I have spoken with the three officials, who all were able to give me detailed reports."

Campbell was ejected from the game for excessive rough play and the 15-game ban for fighting was for an incident off the ice.

One match of his 47-game suspension was served in Hull's game at Dundee on Sunday, 6 October 2013.

Stingrays owner Bobby McEwan told BBC Radio Humberside: "We can't condone what happened off the ice and we felt [releasing him] was the right course of action.

"This is a family sport and it shouldn't happen. Things should stay on the ice and never spill into the arena where the fans are.

"He's very disappointed and he understands it was a decision that we just had to make."

A Canadian, Campbell joined Manchester Phoenix in 2006, and also had spells with Newcastle Vipers, Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers before joining Hull for the 2011-12 season.

London Racers defenceman Eric Cairns, who came to the UK from NHL side Florida Panthers during the 2004-05 lockout, was banned for two years after attacking a referee in a match against Coventry Blaze.

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