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Swiss league player fined for biting John Tavares

Jan 4, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

John Tavares AP

Switzerland’s National League “A” has fined defenseman Clarence Kparghai 900 Swiss francs — approximately $1000 USD — for biting New York Islanders forward John Tavares.

IIHF communications manager Szymon Szemberg passes along word of the punishment, explaining the incident occurred on Dec. 22 in a game between Kparghai’s Biel team and SC Bern, Tavares’ club during the lockout.

Here’s an enthralling Google translation of what transpired:

Based on the collected evidence – the brief reports of Canton Doctor of Canton train and specialist in forensic medicine FMH and the finding of John Tavares examining physician – and the statements of the parties involved at the confrontation interrogation considered the single judge it as proven that actually John Tavares of Clarence Kparghai has been bitten…

…His conduct violated a general principle of law. Note to be, not in the sense that even the IIHF Rule 527 there was an injury dangerous in football technical sense, however. Simple assault under Article 123 of the Criminal Code in the form of a bite Bieler was in favor of the defender to be considered in mitigation of punishment that John Tavares his opponent “in a headlock” and took that in Clarence Kparghai was therefore in a self-defense situation.

Tavares, who recently captured gold with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, is now back playing in the Swiss league, no doubt thrilled the market value for chomping him has been set at a thousand bucks.

  1. heshutziscores - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Burroughs is hungry!! Burroughs eat!!

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Lol beat me to it….effin burrows

      • heshutziscores - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Bah, i spelled it wrong tho..i suck

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    World War Z is right around the corner

  3. islesjb - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Fact: JT tastes like chicken

  4. ferrantej - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I’d say Canada should declare war on Switzerland for this but the Swiss would find a way to declare neutrality.

  5. tfaltin - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    We have to avoid “injury dangerous in football technical sense” at all cost. How did greatness taste Clarence?

  6. danphipps01 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Wait, John Tavares had the other guy in a headlock? I want video footage. This sounds almost as hilariously unlikely as Sidney Crosby taking Brayden Schenn on in a stand-up fight.

    • killerpgh - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Is that because Schenn will only go after Crosby from behind or because if Schenn take a cross check to the chest he acts like it hit him in the neck?

  7. bruinsfan19 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    It was Burrows in disguise

    • habsman - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Or Marc Savard.

  8. bcisleman - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Is Kparghai into gourmey food? And is JT worth $1000 a bite? Anyway, I’m sorry JT was bitten, but the story sounds funny and the translation makes it funnier. Been struggling for the yuks since Newtown (sigh). Kids went back to school yesterday–at a new location.

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