Man arrested after match fight at ice rink

Fife Ice Arena
Fife Ice Arena

A man was arrested at the weekend after a fight at an ice hockey match at Fife Ice Arena carried on after the final whistle.

Police were called to the barn after a brawl began on the ice during the Scottish National League match between Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Dundee Tigers on Sunday night. The melee then spilled over into the crowd.

The trouble continued outside the arena at around 9.30 p.m. after the game was finished which involved both players and opposing fans.

Police arrived on the scene after receiving a number of calls from members of the public and arrested a man in connection with the disturbance. He was charged and then released and will appear in court at a later date.

Kestrels player Jay Duncan is understood to have suffered a dislocated shoulder during the dispute. He was not arrested.

Now there are fears that there could be a repeat of the trouble when the two sides face each other again this weekend in Dundee.

A spokesman for Police Scotland’s Fife Division said: “A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with a disturbance at the Fife Ice Arena.

“He was detained, but released on an undertaking to appear at court at a later date.”

Police in Dundee said they would ensure “appropriate attention is given at the weekend”.

A message from Tigers fan Kirsty Nicoll on the team’s Facebook page slammed both sides, describing the scenes as “nonsense that came from some supporters and players (both teams) that continued after the game.

“As we left the arena last night I had to run to the car with my children who were scared with all that was happening.

“In my opinion the game should finish on the ice.

“Nothing should leave the ice.”

A spokesman for Scottish Ice Hockey, which runs the league, said they could not comment until the matter had been discussed by the organisation’s board.

Kestrels chairman Edith Page also declined to comment on the incident when contacted by the Press.

The match finished in a 4-1 victory for the Kestrels.