Ipoh: Indian striker SV Sunil was on Saturday reprimanded but escaped a ban for showing his middle finger to spectators after scoring the match-winner against Pakistan in the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here.
Tournament Director Sarinder Dillon of Hong Kong issued an "official reprimand" after a disciplinary hearing at the team hotel where Sunil and the Indian team manager Manoj Bhore were present.
Sunil's action of throwing a punch in the air with his middle finger raised in Thursday's encounter with Pakistan was caught by television cameras. The matter then came to the attention of the Tournament Director, who summoned Sunil and the Indian team manager for a hearing after viewing the video of the incident.
"Sunil accepted that he was wrong and has been officially reprimanded," Dillon said. The decision means Sunil will be able to play in India's last match on Sunday. ...more
09:50 AM, Jun 02, 2012