Violence mars Nehru Cup hockey

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Violent scenes marred Nehru Cup in the capital on Friday with players of two leading teams.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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New Delhi:

Violent scenes marred Nehru Cup in the capital on Friday at the Shivaji Stadium. The players of two leading teams resorting to stick work of a different kind on the sidelines of the premier domestic hockey tournament. The unsavoury incident, involving players of Namdhari Eleven and Indian Oil, resulted in international Deepak Thakur sustaining injuries on his hand, which needed treatment in a hospital. The "stick-fight" broke out when Namdhari XI players, after losing their semifinal match to Indian Airlines, went into the warm-up area, where Indian Oil players were preparing for their semifinal clash against Punjab and Sind Bank. Agitated players It is believed the fight centred around Deedar Singh who has recently switched over to Indian Oil from Namdhari. The situation threatened to turn more violent but was controlled by Police, which landed on the spot immediately. Thakur, who tried to intervene and pacify the agitated players, got injured in the process. He did play in the semifinal but was taken to the hospital later for treatment. Organisers of Nehru hockey tried to wriggle off the incident and one of the office-bearers said they could not do anything as none of the sides had filed any complaint. (PTI)

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