captain Muhammad Saqlain was on Sunday suspended for one match after
he was found guilty of injuring a player during the match against
Korea in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
The suspension was handed over to the Pakistan captain this morning
by the Tournament Director Frank van't Hek after a South Korean
appeal was upheld.
The Koreans had appealed against Saqlain for striking their defender
Sung Hoon Yeon after playing the ball in the clash between the two
Asian powerhouses last night.
The signed statement of the Technical Director said this decision
was taken in view of the said act and in addition to set an example
as the player concerned was his team's captain.
The injured Sung Hoon Yeon had to be stretchered out of the field
and then taken to hospital from where he was later discharged.
With this suspension, which in fact amounts to Saqlain being red
carded, the Pakistan skipper will miss the game against South Africa
later on Sunday.