FORMER national skipper Sarjit Singh and his son Manraj Singh received strong reprimands from the Malaysia Singapore Sikh Sports Council (MSSSC) for their involvement in a brawl during the Gurdwara Cup in Ipoh in June.
The MSSSC Disciplinary Board yesterday handed Sarjit a ban from playing hockey for 10 years and a fine of RM5,000.
His son, Manraj Singh who is a budding national juniors and club player, was banned for three years.
The incident happened during a Johor-Selangor match, and Sarjit and Manraj were playing for Johor. Sarjit and his son did not attend the MSSSC Disciplinary Board hearing yesterday.
Johor team manager Harmail Singh was banned for two years, while Selangor team manager Ragbir Singh received six months.
Selangor players Harmesh Singh and Jagwinder Singh received 18-months and six-months bans respectively.
Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary Maninderjit Singh said since the tournament is sanctioned by them, either the competitions committee or council will look into the report.
“Since the tournament was sanctioned by MHF, we will wait for the report and then either discuss it in a competitions committee or council meeting. And if it is endorsed, then the ban will encompass every MHF sanctioned tournament,” said Maninderjit.
However, Maninderjit said there is still avenue for an appeal: “Normally, the appeal should be sent in 14 days after the decision is taken and the MHF will consider every angle before we endorse the MSSSC decision, including their competition rules, which could be likely during our council meeting on Aug 20.