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PHF bans wrangling Punjab players

Bureau Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has banned Punjab players after they hit opponent’s players with a hockey stick during Chief Minister Balochistan Gold Cup. PHF’s secretary Asif Bajwa shared that Punjab’s Shafqat Rasool has been handed a 10-years ban whereas Kashif Shah and skipper Haseeb have been banned from the game for five years.
Punjab’s coach Mujahid Afzal has also been banned for five years. Manager Rai Usman and the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)’s manager received strict warnings in this regard.
“We can’t tolerate this action. They violated game rules hence we have punished them so that other players get lessons from it,” Bajwa told reporters.
“We have made a three-member committee including me to further investigate this matter and find out others who were involved in this incident,” he said.
It must be noted that Punjab and NBP players indulged in a fight during their match in Chief Minister Balochistan Gold Cup. Punjab players attacked NBP players with hockey sticks.

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