BHUBANESWAR: Pakistan players Mohammad Touseeq and Ali Amjad were suspended hours before Sunday’s Champions Trophy final against Germany as the fall-out continued after their celebrations following their victory over arch-rivals India in the high-voltage semi-final the night before.
Midfielder Touseeq, who played regularly in previous matches, and reserve goalkeeper Ali Amjad were handed a one-match ban while forward Shafqat Rasool received an official reprimand for making obscene gestures to Indian fans after their 4-3 victory at the Kalinga Stadium.
Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh apologised for the team’s celebrations which saw a few players — including Touseeq and Amjad — make inflammatory gestures to the home fans.
“The incident that occurred after the match between India and Pakistan on Dec 13 contained behaviour that is considered unacceptable to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the entire hockey community,” he said in a statement.
“As a result, I have spoken to my team and explained to them that they are guests in India and as hosts they have been very hospitable to the team. Our opinion is that the behaviour of a few of our players should not have occurred.