Hockey India Disciplinary Committee suspends Punjab Armed Police, Punjab National Bank players for violence during Nehru Cup

Hockey India Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday took some stringent decisions, including suspension of players from Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank for various periods

Press Trust of India December 10, 2019 22:01:25 IST
Hockey India Disciplinary Committee suspends Punjab Armed Police, Punjab National Bank players for violence during Nehru Cup
  • The committee unanimously decided to suspend players from Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank for a period of 12-18 months and 6-12 months respectively

  • It was recommended that the teams be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India tournaments

  • The Committee had unanimously decided to suspend players from Hockey Rajnandgaon and Hockey Bilaspur following violence during Chhattisgarh Senior Men State Championship

New Delhi: Hockey India Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday took some stringent decisions, including suspension of players from Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank for various periods following the recent violence that broke out during the 56th Nehru Cup finals.

Hockey India Disciplinary Committee suspends Punjab Armed Police Punjab National Bank players for violence during Nehru Cup

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The committee, chaired by Bhola Nath Singh, who is also the Vice President of Hockey India, met for two days and unanimously decided to suspend players from Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank for a period of 12-18 months and 6-12 months respectively.

The committee banned Punjab Armed Police players Hardeep Singh and Jaskaran Singh for 18 months, while Dupinderdeep Singh, Jagmeet Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Sarvanjit Singh and Balwinder Singh have been suspended for 12 months with effect from 11 December. Team manager Amit Sandhu was also suspended for 18 months for a Level 3 offence under Hockey India/Hockey India League Code of Conduct.

It was also recommended that the Punjab Police team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India tournaments with effect from 10 March to 9 June, 2020 (following the expiry of their suspension due to participation in an unsanctioned tournament).

Players from Punjab National Bank Sukhjeet Singh, Gursimran Singh and Sumit Toppo have been suspended for 12 months, while the team skipper Jasbir Singh has been suspended for six months.

The Punjab National Bank team manager Sushil Kumar Dubey too has been suspended for six months due to his team's inability to follow the Code of Conduct and sanctions.

It was also recommended that the Punjab National Bank Team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India Tournaments with effect from 11 December to 10 March.

It was also unanimously agreed by the committee that all the above players would be on further probation for a period of 24 months after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of the Code of Conduct would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for two years.

On Monday, the Committee had unanimously decided to suspend players from Hockey Rajnandgaon and Hockey Bilaspur following the on-ground violence during the 4th Chhattisgarh Senior Men State Championship.

Hockey Rajnandgaon captain Mithlesh Pandiya has been placed under three months suspension, while Sandeep Yadav, Taufik Ahmad, Sukhdev Niramalkar have been suspended for nine months.

Rajesh Nirmalkar (who also officiated as umpire) was let-off with a warning for playing and officiating in the same tournament, while Sabbir Solanki, team manager of Hockey Rajnandgaon, was placed under 3 months suspension for a Level 2 offence with effect from December 10.

Bilaspur skipper Omkar Yadav and team manager Ikhlak Ali have been suspended for three months for committing Level 2 offence, while Louis Tirkey has been suspended for six months as he committed a Level 3 offence.

Tournament Director Kishore Dihwar too was punished with a three months suspension for failing to perform his duties, while umpire Shakeel Ahmad was banned for a year.

Further it was unanimously agreed that all the above involved players, officials and state member unit would be on probation for a year after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of the Code of Conduct would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for a period of 12 months.

In another hearing, the Committee issued a warning against Hockey Jammu and Kashmir for violating Hockey India's Policy on sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments by conducting the Sarbat Daa Bhalaa tournament in the state from 20-26 October.

All the teams and coaches who took part in the Sarbat Daa Bhalaa tournament too faced the brunt of a 3 months sanction, while the officials have been handed six months sanction under the FIH/Hockey India Policy for Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Tournaments.

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