New Delhi: According to latest reports, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has reduced the three-match ban imposed on Indian striker Shivendra Singh to two matches. The decision was taken by a three member panel of the FIH.
So, Shivendra will miss the crucial matches against Australia and Spain in the ongoing Hockey World Cup 2010, but will be available for the matches against England and South Africa. Shivendra was banned for three matches by tournament director, Ken Read for allegedly hitting a Pakistani player above the eye during Sunday’s match.
According to PTI reports, the Hockey India has expressed disappointment over the verdict. “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”, said Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra.
Shivendra Singh had scored the first goal for India against the high-voltage match against Pakistan at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium inNew Delhi. India went on to win the match 4-1.