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Belfast Giants' video bid fails to clear Darryl Lloyd's suspension

By Stuart McKinley

Darryl Lloyd will miss the Belfast Giants clash with the Sheffield Steelers tomorrow night, despite the club making a late attempt to have the player cleared of suspension.

Lloyd was handed a match penalty by the Elite League's Department of Player Safety after being deemed guilty of a slew-footing offence, where he swept the feet of Cardiff Devils' Andrew Hotham last Saturday night.

The decision was made after a review of the video footage of that game.

The Giants then produced an alternative angle of the incident and hoped that this would clear Lloyd of any wrongdoing, but the league has confirmed that it was sent to them too late for the suspension to be lifted.

A statement released by the Elite League read: "The Department of Player Safety would like to clarify the match penalty given to Belfast Giants' Darryl Lloyd on October 21.

"Five hours after DOPS announced that Lloyd had been given a one-match ban for slew footing, the Giants released an alternative camera angle on social media.

"This footage wasn't submitted by the Giants as part of the incident review.

"For whatever reason, the video released on Wednesday evening was never sent to DOPS by Belfast. This is frustrating for all parties, not least the fans.

"The incident review system has strict deadlines for all parties and anything that arrives after the deadline will not be considered.

"With that in mind, the one-match suspension to Darryl Lloyd stands as per initial decision, which was made with the evidence provided by the clubs involved."

The Giants will also be without Craig Peacock, who serves a ban for checking to the head in the same game.

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