India vs Pakistan © Getty Images (File photo)
India were beaten 4-3 in the Champions Trophy 2014 semi-final © Getty Images (File photo)

Dec 14, 2014

Two Pakistan players, Muhammad Tauseek and Amjad Ali have been banned from playing in the finals of the tournament. According to authorities, the celebrations of these two players was uncouth and unacceptable. Earlier, India had threatened to boycott all international ties against Pakistan unless the players apologized.

After beating India 4-3, the Pakistan players celebrated opening their shirts while some players made unruly gestures towards the crowd. The FIH had ordered a probe against the behaviour of the Pakistani players after the game.

“I have spoken to the head coach of the Pakistan team, Shahnaz Sheikh and told him that the behaviour of Pakistan players went beyond what is acceptable to standards of the FIH,” said the release.

“The behaviour in question concerned many members of the Pakistan team. It is difficult to find any particular miscreant, and it is possible that the behaviour of the players may have been a reaction,” the statement added. Earlier, Indian coach Roelant Oltmans had disapproved the behaviour of Pakistani players. “The celebration looks little bit too much,” he said.

Indian captain Sardar Singh said such things give a wrong message in hockey, which should not have happened in full of people in a stadium.

With inputs from IANS

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