Friday, August 1, 2014

India suffer Sardar blow ahead of semifinal clash against New Zealand


The Indian men’s hockey team suffered a massive blow with captain Sardar Singh ruled out of the crucial men’s semifinal match against New Zealand on Saturday after being found guilty of unbecoming behavior.

The Indian skipper was reprimanded following his yellow card in the Pool A match against South Africa, when he went in for a sliding tackle, thus sitting out the closing five minutes of play.

Sardar was earlier  reprimanded for hitting Eddie Ockenden on his face during the high-voltage India-Australia game. The FIH’s appeal jury took cognizance of his on-field behavior and slapped a two-game ban, which was reduced to one match after Hockey India raised the banner of protest. 

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