Hockey India Disciplinary Committee takes stringent decisions

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New Delhi: The Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Meeting chaired by Bhola Nath Singh, who is also the Vice President of Hockey India, on Tuesday unanimously decided to suspend players from Punjab Armed Police for a period of 12-18 months while players from Punjab National Bank have been suspended for 6-12 months respectively following the recent violence that broke out during the Final of 56th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament (Men) between Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank, clearly violating the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct.

The two-day Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Meeting was chaired by Bhola Nath Singh and attended by Members of the Committee Harbinder Singh and Elena Norman, who is also the CEO of Hockey India, included invitees Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President Hockey India, and Rajinder Singh, Secretary General Hockey India.

The Committee placed Punjab Armed Police players Hardeep Singh and Jaskaran Singh under an 18 months suspension while Dupinderdeep Singh, Jagmeet Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Sarvanjit Singh and Balwinder Singh have been suspended for 12 months with effect from 11 December 2019 for their involvement the Level 3 offence under Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct. Punjab Armed Police Team Manager Amit Sandhu was suspended for 18 months for a Level 3 offence and it was also recommended that the Punjab Police Team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India Tournaments with effect from 10 March 2020 to 9 June 2020 (following the expiry of their suspension due to participation in an unsanctioned tournament).

Players from Punjab National Bank Sukhjeet Singh, Gursimran Singh and Sumit Toppo have been suspended for 12 months while the team skipper Jasbir Singh has been suspended for six months as the Captain is also responsible for the team’s conduct while the Punjab National Bank Team Manager Sushil Kumar Dubey too has been suspended for six months due to his team’s inability to follow the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct and sanctions.  It was also recommended that the Punjab National Bank Team be placed under three months suspension and not be eligible to play in any of the All India Tournaments with effect from 11 December 2020 to 10 March 2020.

After reviewing the report submitted by the Tournament Director and also having viewed the video evidence in the presence of players involved in the offence, Chairman of the Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Bhola Nath Singh expressed great disappointment over such an incident that reflects poorly on Indian hockey.

Further it was unanimously agreed by the Committee that all the above players would be on further probation for a period of 24 months after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of Hockey India / Hockey India League Code of Conduct during this probation period would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for a period of 24 months.

Players from Hockey Rajnandgaon and Hockey Bilaspur too suspended  

On Monday, the Hockey India Disciplinary Committee unanimously decided to suspend players from Hockey Rajnandgaon for nine months and also reprimanded Hockey Bilaspur players with three months suspension with effect from 10 December 2019 following the on-ground violence that resulted in breach of Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct during the recently held 4th Chhattisgarh Senior Men State Championship 2019-2020.

The first day of the meeting on 9 December 2019 attended by Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Chairman Bhola Nath Singh and Members Elena Norman, Harbinder Singh and included invitee Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President Hockey India.

Hockey Rajnandgaon Captain Mithlesh Pandiya is placed under three months suspension while Sandeep Yadav, Taufik Ahmad, Sukhdev Niramalkar have been suspended for nine months. Rajesh Nirmalkar (who also officiated as umpire) was let-off with a warning for playing and officiating in the same tournament while Sabbir Solanki, Team Manager of Hockey Rajnandgaon was placed under 3 months suspension for a Level 2 offence.

Bilaspur Hockey Captain Omkar Yadav and Team Manager Ikhlak Ali have been suspended for three months for committing Level 2 offence while Louis Tirkey has been suspended for six months as he committed a Level 3 offence under the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct.

The Tournament Director Kishore Dihwar too was punished with a three months suspension for failing to perform his duties, Umpire Shakeel Ahmad was awarded 12 months suspension.

Further it was unanimously agreed that all the above involved players, officials and state member unit would be on probation for a period of 12 months after the expiry of their sanctions and any breaches of the Hockey India / Hockey India League Code of Conduct during this probation period would constitute an immediate Level 3 offence and the individual will automatically be suspended for a period of 12 months.

 Warning against Hockey Jammu & Kashmir  

In another hearing, the Hockey India Disciplinary Committee issued a warning against Hockey Jammu & Kashmir for not managing the State in proper manner in respect of Sarbat Daa Bhalaa Hockey Tournament held from 20 October to 26 October in Jammu since the conduct of the tournament was in violation of the Hockey India Policy on sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments. All the teams and coaches who took part in the Sarbat Daa Bhalaa Hockey Tournament too faced the brunt of a 3 months sanction while the officials have been awarded 6 months sanction under the FIH/ Hockey India Policy for Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Tournaments.

Teams that were sanctioned for 3 months due to participation in this unsanctioned tournament include:

Punjab Armed Police, Jalandhar
Gurdaspur Hockey, Punjab
Khadur Sahib Academy, Punjab
SGPC Academy, Amritsar
Coach Surjeet Academy, Jalandhar
Punjab & Sind Bank, Jalandhar
EME, Jalandhar
Peaks Auto Ltd. (Peaks XI Jammu)
J&K Police
Pathankot XI, Punjab
Punjab State Power Ltd., Patiala
Khalsa Club, Gole Gujral, Jammu
BSF, Jammu
Guru Nanak Club Nanak Nagar, Jammu

 

Technical Officials that were sanctioned for 6 months due to participation in this unsanctioned tournament include:

 Mr. Satvir Singh Satti Tournament Director, Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament
Mr. Ashwani Bhatti (EME Jalandhar) Match Official, Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament
Mr. Jagjit Singh Kheera (EME Jalandhar) Match Official, Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament
Mr. Manjit Singh (Punjab State Electricity Board) Match Official, Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament
Mr. Manjit Singh (J&K Police) Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Iqbal Singh

(J&K Police)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Charanjit Singh Coach,

J&K Police

Mr. Gurjit Singh Assistant Coach

J&K Police

Mr. Jagjit Singh

(J&K Sports Council)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Dalbir Mehta

(J&K Sports Council)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Dalvinder Singh

(J&K Sports Council)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Karanjit Singh

(Youth & Services Sports Department, J&K)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

Mr. Jagjit Singh Reen

(Youth & Services Sports Department, J&K)

Match Official,

Sarbat Da Bhalaa Hockey Tournament

 

Committee calls on RSPB & Northern Railways Sports Association to take action in long-pending disciplinary issue

After reviewing the complete details provided regarding the case of player Ajay Yadav and RSPB in breach of the Code of Conduct as the player participated in the 96th All India Trades Cup Hockey Tournament 2018, held from 17 June – 24 June 2018 under a forged name of Akhilesh Yadav DOB 16/04/1996, the Committee unanimously agreed that since RSPB and Northern Railways Sports Association have now commenced appropriate action against the individuals that have breached the Code of Conduct that no further action will be taken against RSPB or Northern Railways Sports Association as long as due process in completed in regards to the disciplinary action initiated as per the letter of Northern Railways Sports Association dated 9 December 2019. The action of RSPB and Northern Railways Sports Association is required to be intimated to Hockey India by or before 8 June 2O2O in order for Hockey India to close the matter.

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