Asian Champions Trophy | Surender Singh suspended for 2 games; set to miss semis and final

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Asian Champions Trophy | Surender Singh suspended for 2 games; set to miss semis and final

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SportsCafe Desk

10/27/2016

Indian defender Surender Singh is set to miss India's upcoming Asian Champions Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday, and the final if they make it through, after being suspended for 2 games. The Asian Hockey Federation found him guilty of a serious foul against Malaysia in a disciplinary hearing.

Surender was shown a yellow card in the fourth quarter of India's last group-stage fixture against Malaysia on Wednesday after his stick hit the chin of a Malaysian player. In a disciplinary hearing conducted by the Asian Hockey Federation's Technical Delegate Ramesh Appoo on Thursday, Surender was found guilt of a serious offense and has been reprimanded,

"Surender was shown a yellow card by the umpire for an off-the-ball incident in which Surender lifted his stick in an appropriate manner, thereby causing his stick to hit the chin of a Malaysian player.

"Having considered the evidence before me, including the explanation given by Surender, I have imposed a two-match suspension," Appoo said in a statement.

Malaysian player Ashari Firhan was also handed a one-match suspension by the delegate after India submitted a video proof of his offense on the field.

"Team India handed me a video in which Ashari was seen making a deliberate physical contact by extending his elbow into the body of Indian player Akashdeep Singh in an off-the-ball incident," Appoo said.

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