Shivendra’s three-match ban reduced to two

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Shivendra Singh, who was suspended for three matches for ‘deliberately’ hitting a Pakistan player, has got some relief as the three-member inquiry panel announced that Shivendra would serve 2-match suspension instead of three as announced on Monday.

The verdict of the FIH jury means that Shivendra, who
scored a goal against Pakistan on Sunday, will miss tonight`s
crucial game against Australia and the one against Spain
scheduled for Thursday.

"We have just been told about the FIH`s decision that his
ban has been reduced to two matches," Hockey India Secretary
General Narinder Batra said.

"We are not at all happy with the decision because the
foul was not intentional. We are disappointed with the jury`s
verdict but we don`t have any option now and he will have to
sit out," he added.

Tournament Director Ken Read had stated that Shivendra
"deliberately" hit Fareed Ahmed by lifting his stick in the
39th minute of the match which the hosts won 4-1, leaving the
Pakistani player with a small cut above the eye.

The Pakistan team management did not make any complaint
but Read concluded that Shivendra breached the FIH`s Code of
Conduct and was guilty of a level 2 offence -- physical
assault without serious injury.

"The action of lifting the stick was deliberate. A
four-match suspension is appropriate but given the (good)
history of Shivendra, I consider three-match suspension
appropriate," Read said.

Shivendra had argued that he had no intention to hit the
Pakistani player after the jabbing and just wanted to run