Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced Tuesday that coach Bill Peters has not been fired, citing an ongoing investigation into whether Peters directed racial slurs toward a former player.

Treliving cited the “serious nature” of the investigation, saying that the Flames “take it with extreme seriousness.”

Sportsnet reported earlier Tuesday that the Flames had fired Peters, but Treliving told reporters he “has not been relieved of his duties; we are continuing this ongoing investigation right now.”

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Peters was not on the ice with the team as it practiced in Buffalo on Tuesday, staying back at the team hotel. Flames associate coach Geoff Ward oversaw practice, which included a brief huddle with the players at center ice.

The allegations came from Akim Aliu, who played for Peters in 2009-10 with the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Aliu posted a tweet Monday night about the hire.

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