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Pak suffer twin blows: Skipper Rizwan out with injury, deputy Butt banned for 1 game

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

hockey team's campaign suffered twin blow on Thursday with Sr ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an while banned for their last Pool match against because of a serious on-field offence.

However, Butt's suspension didn't go down well with the team management with terming the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) decision as "bias".

Butt was banned for one match after lodged a complaint to the FIH against the for a rough tackle in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

"Senior fractured his little finger so unfortunately he won't be able to play any further part in this tournament," Sardar said in a video message.

"About Ammad Butt, we weren't informed yesterday that had appealed. They (FIH) informed us later. We were called for hearing today. If we look at the video against which they had taken action taken action for a harsh dash, there wasn't any such dash," Sardar said.

"If we look at the video everybody would agree that Ammad not only stopped the ball but the umpire also didn't give any penalty corner against us nor the umpire showed any card to Ammad Butt," he said.

Although not in as many words, Sardar wasn't happy that Butt's suspension was handed by a Dutch technical delegate, the country against whom, they will play their last pool match.

"I think this is an afterthought but we have to play a match against the and this decision was given by a Dutch They lost to and this is a do-or-die match for them as well as us. So I think they have taken this harsh decision against us."

Sardar said had appealed against the banning of Butt and hoped the sanction would be lifted and he would be able to play against in their crucial last pool match on Sunday.

"We have appealed against this decision and I hope the FIH would listen to our appeal and give a decision in our favour," he said.

"Ammad not only saved himself and a goal but also the Malaysian This is a biased decision," Sardar alleged.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:00 IST