FIH panel suspends Pak captain

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Pakistan senior hockey team captain Mohammad Saqlain has been suspended for three international matches.

Chennai:

Pakistan senior hockey team captain Mohammad Saqlain has been suspended for three international matches. He was also fined 1,000-euros for "dangerous conduct" on the field during a match against Australia earlier this year. This is a big jolt for the team ahead of the Champions Trophy in Chennai later this month. Saqlain was involved in an incident at the Hamburg Masters Championship with Australia's Craig Victory and the latter suffered a broken jaw and other facial injuries. Dangerous conduct At the hearing held at the FIH (International Hockey Federation) office in Lausanne on Sunday, Saqlain was found guilt of deliberately raising his stick at the Hamburg Masters championship in August this year. "He was found guilty of dangerous conduct by the FIH Judicial commission," the game's world governing body said in a statement. The suspension ruled Saqlain out of Pakistan's opening three matches in the elite six-nation event scheduled in Chennai from December 10 to 18. He will miss matches against the Netherlands (December 10), Austrlaia (December 11) and Spain (December 13). (PTI)

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