Bansal blasts his players for ugly spat with Pakistan

July 16th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, July 16 (IANS) India’s junior hockey coach A.K. Bansal blasted his players for getting into an on-field spat with Pakistan in the Asia Cup semi-final at the Gachibowli stadium here Wednesday. The match turned ugly four minutes before the interval as players from both the teams exchanged blows in the Pakistani defence. It took the intervention of managers and officials to calm frayed nerves.

Two players — Pakistan’s Mohammed Irfan and Indian captain Gurbaz Singh — were injured in the altercation.

“It was childish. They (players) are not playing a school match. They should have realised that it is an international match and such behaviour will not be tolerated. I was so angry with my boys and I have told them that they should not repeat such acts in the future,” Bansal told IANS.

“And moreover we were leading 1-0 that time and there was no point in losing temper. It could have affected our performance,” he said.

Bansal though was happy with the performance of the team and said that they should go on to win the tournament.

“I do not have any other complaint against the team. It was a tense match and we won. We have played well and improved with every game. The forwards were well organised and Diwakar (Ram) was exceptional in the match. With this kind of form we are confident of defending the title.” he said.

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