An unprecedented KHL experiment: all controversial episodes will be shown on a video cube!  But is the audience ready for it?

True, not all 22 league clubs participate in the experimental action, but only 12. So far, everything is being done on a voluntary basis. Whoever wants and is ready to bring replays to the audience, which potentially threatens with riots in the stands, will have the flag in their hands. Who does not intend to take risks, as well as distract his team, perhaps with vain hopes, please live the old fashioned way.

That’s who said “yes” when voting.





“AK Bars”



“Salavat Yulaev”



Dynamo (Moscow)



HC Sochi

As you can see, the KHL novelty was especially enthusiastic in the East, where it was ignored only by Sibir, Admiral, Neftekhimik and Traktor. But in the West, both the main favorites SKA and CSKA, playing in excellent modern stadiums, decided not to distract the players with, let’s say, all sorts of nonsense a month before the playoffs. They were joined by Spartak Minsk, Dynamo Minsk, Kunlun, and Torpedo fighting for a place in the playoffs.

However, not everything is clear here. Somewhere elementary there is no way to submit the corresponding picture. As, in particular, in Nizhny Novgorod.

What exactly do they promise to pamper the audience who came to the palace? Repeat every violation, which is punishable by removal. Including those that the arbitrators are considering for a penalty until the end of the game. Plus situations related to the request of coaches.

The argument of the Chief Arbiter of the KHL Alexei Anisimov is simple and logical: a fan who has bought a hockey ticket should have the same comfortable and comprehensive picture as a puck fan on the couch watching TV. Until now, it turned out that on TV everything was chewed up with numerous repetitions from different points, and the viewer in the stands had no information at all and could be bored for up to five or even more minutes, while the referee and linesmen studied the controversial episode on the monitor at the referee’s table .

All this is wonderful and progressive. The question is, how objective are those who manage the video cube? Will it not turn out that the fouls of the guests will be shown from all available angles, and the violations of the hosts will be shown from some far-off camera, where the hell is not visible?

Even if a certain standard for the procedure for displaying all these situations on a video cube is initially set, the risk of an inadequate public reaction cannot be avoided. Sometimes the line between a clean reception and a violation is extremely thin. Anisimov himself, when once a month he comes to KHL-TV as part of the “Judicial” program for the execution of Leonid Weisfeld, often admits that this or that moment is extremely difficult for an unambiguous decision. And when there is a choice in such borderline episodes – to please the stadium in order to avoid a possible hatred, or to take the side of the guests and set themselves up, the referees will most likely whistle in favor of the hosts.

In short, questions still remain. Only practice will solve them.

Today we monitor the behavior of spectators in Omsk (Avangard – Traktor), Astana (Barys – Severstal), Yekaterinburg (Avtomobilist – Dynamo M) and Ufa (Salavat Yulaev – Ak Bars “).

In St. Petersburg, in the last army duel of the regular season, SKA and CSKA will sort it out decorously and nobly. The old way. No one needs to be additionally warmed up in the cradle of the revolution.

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