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Pakistan's Ammad Butt, coach Danish let-off with reprimand

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

In a major relief for Pakistan, the (FIH) has with a reprimand for carelessly running into a Malaysian during their last match, clearing the striker to play the crucial last Pool D match against on Sunday.

Besides Butt, assistant Danish Kaleem too escaped with a reprimand after the FIH initiated an inquiry against him on Hockey India's complaint for allegedly breaching and wondering around the stadium without his accreditation card.

Pakistan's campaign at the ongoing men's went from bad to worse after the team suffered a twin blow Thursday.

While Senior was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury, his deputy Butt was banned for their last Pool D match against because of a serious on-field offence against Malaysia's

The suspension was, however, revoked after appealed against it with the FIH stating that Butt's offence was not "reckless" but "careless".

The suspension was invoked on Butt after Malaysia's lodged an official complaint with the tournament's Technical Delegate of

While lifting the suspension, the FIH, however, warned that if Butt receives a yellow card in future matches of the tournament, the suspension can be invoked by the Technical Delegate.

"Following an incident at the 40th minute of the game between Malaysia-on December 5 had been suspended for one match by the FIH Technical Delegate. The Pakistan team had appealed against this decision," a statement from the FIH read.

"The found the appellant, Ammad Butt, breached the Code of Conduct carelessly, but not recklessly, running into the Malaysian players. The Jury accepted the additional evidence that the appellant did subsequently show concern for the Malaysian player's welfare."

The FIH further stated that: "is reprimanded for carelessly running into an opponent. Should Ammad Butt receive a yellow card in the remainder of the tournament, the FIH Technical Delegate is recommended to suspend him."


The FIH also showed leniency toward Danish after he admitted to the breach of conduct during a hearing on Saturday.

The FIH said that a second violation of any such manner from Danish will lead to his suspension from the remainder of the tournament.

In another good for Pakistan, the FIH had approved Arslan Qadir as a replacement for injured Rizwan Senior in the 18-member squad for the remainder of the tournament.

"Muhammad has withdrawn from the Pakistan squad due to an The will be replaced by Arslan Qadir. Pakistan sought approval from the FIH and the request was assessed and evaluated before being approved," the world body said.

was ruled out after the little finger of left leg during the match against

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 21:35 IST
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