Hockey World Cup: Hockey India lodge complaint against Pakistan assistant coach

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BHUBANESWAR: Hockey India has initiated an inquiry against Pakistan’s assistant coach Danish Kaleem for breaching security protocol, adding to the list of off-field issues plaguing the former champions at the ongoing men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
With the World Cup nearing halfway stage, Pakistan’s campaign is getting from bad to worse due to a host of issues, which include injury blow to skipper Muhammad Rizwan Senior and a one-match suspension to his deputy Ammad Butt.
As if that was not enough, Hockey India has now lodged an official complaint with International Hockey Federation’s Technical delegate Christian Deckenbrock of Germany against Danish for breaching security protocol and misbehaving with security persons inside the stadium.
Pakistan’s chief coach Tauqeer Ahmad Dar admitted things are far from rosy for his side on and off the field ahead of their crucial Pool D match against Netherlands on Sunday.
“The last few days have been very hard. Most energies are being wasted on things other than sports,” said Dar told reporters after a practice session here on Friday.
“One of our main players, our skipper has fractured his toe and is out of the tournament. Our vice-captain has been banned by the Technical Delegate. The reason we have no clue. There was no action taken on the ground. No penalty corner was given and no green card was given.
“One more inquiry about our coach that has been lodged by Hockey India. A new enquiry every day,” he added.
Explaining the reasons behind the inquiry, Dar said: “Me and Danish sit on the terrace and watch match. And we communicate with walkie talky to Hasan Sardar (manager) and Rehan Butt (assistant coach).
“At half time against Malaysia, I had sent him (Danish) with some notes to Hassan bhai. And when he was coming back, he was stopped by the security and they asked for his accreditation card.
“Unfortunately, he forgot his card at the dressing room but the security people misbehaved with him. Yesterday they (Hockey India) lodged a complaint,” he added.
Dar termed Ammad Butt’s suspension as completely unfair and said one of Pakistani players got stitches on his head after being hit by a Malaysian player but no action was initiated against him.
“Hassan Sardar was emailed in the morning that there is a decision pending against Ammad Butt and that he has done something very wrong,” he said.