Saturday, October 9, 2010

Faizal's moment of stupidity

Malaysia striker Faizal Saari was Saturday suspended for two matches for a violation during a Pool A match against Scotland in the men’s Commonwealth Games hockey tournament.
Saari was handed the suspension by tournament director David Collier for an incident involving Scotland goalkeeper Alister McGregor during a league clash at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium on Friday.
Saari, 19, will miss Malaysia’s next match against Australia (October 10) and a classification game on October 12.
The player was charged under a level 2 offence of FIH’s code of conduct which deals with physical assault without causing serious injury.
Collier told AFP he handed the suspension after watching video replays.
“The on-field umpires did not penalise the player during the match as it was off the ball and the umpires would not have been able to see it.” The incident led to an angry outburst by McGregor and the match was held up briefly.
Collier, however, said there had been no warning for McGregor.
Malaysia won the match 2-0 to snap their losing streak in the tournament.