According to CBC, the racial abuse became so severe that Diaby and his family left the arena before the match was over. Referees, Diaby said, did nothing to protect his family from the offensive taunts, and security declined to kick fans out because “nobody threw any punches.” The incident drew an apology from Diaby’s league, Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH). Commissioner Jean-Francois Laplante issued a statement in French, telling the CBC that racist, sexist, and homophobic comments are unacceptable. The owner of the opposing team said they are now taking steps to identify the fans involved to ban them from attending future games. “This is not hockey. Nobody should feel threatened to go watch his son play a hockey game,” Diaby told the station.