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A scandal has shaken Austria's hockey team after it emerged they had partied until 6am before going on to lose the "most important game in the modern history of Austrian Hockey".

Their weak performance against Slovenia on Tuesday saw them lose the chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, the first chance in twelve years to do so.

The team had been out celebrating a win against Norway on Sunday, staying up until the early hours at the Austrian House and the club Krasnaya Polyana in Sochi.

"We had a real chance to reach the quarterfinals," said head coach Manny Viveiros, who has apologised to Austrian fans for the team's behaviour and performance. "I don't know why this happened, especially before what is most likely the most important game for modern era Austrian ice hockey. It was a shock what happened after the game against Norway."

Viveiros emphasised the coaches cannot 'nanny' the team but said that there will be consequences that will be discussed over the following days.

"They are all adults," he said. "These are professional players who make money. It's the first time in three years, since I started working with this team, something like that happened."

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