Saturday, October 9, 2010


Malaysian men's hockey team player Faizal Saari has been suspended for two matches following an incident in their game Friday against Scotland at the Commonwealth Games here.

The release from technical delegate David Collier did not ascribe reasons for the suspension, but Saari was held guilty of striking Scotland goalkeeper Alister McGregor on the back of the thigh in the second half of the match that Malaysia won 2-0.

The two on-pitch umpires Richmond Attipoe (Ghana) and Albert Marcano (Trinidad) seemed to have not noticed the incident that was replayed in slow motion on both the two big screens in the stands.

Malaysian team coach Stephen van Huizen told IANS: 'We accept the suspension. Saari is only 19 and inexperienced. He was merely retaliating, but anyway, we have to put this behind us and focus on our next match (against Australia Sunday).'