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'India, Pak hockey teams ugly spat will not affect relations'

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has made it clear that the recent on-field spat between Pakistani and Indian players/officials in Australia would not affect the relations between the two hockey bodies.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2011 10:26 IST

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has made it clear that the recent on-field spat between Pakistani and Indian players/officials in Australia would not affect the relations between the two hockey bodies.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said the recent on-field scuffle between the players and officials of Indian and Pakistan teams was one of the most disappointing moments in the game's history but insisted that relations between the two federations would remained cordial and positive.

"I don't think this ugly incident will have any adverse effect on the bilateral ties," Bajwa said.

"The tournament director of the four-nation competition took the right decision after thoroughly reviewing the video footage of the incident and we are satisfied and have no intentions to take this issue up with the FIH," he added.

The incident saw the hockey pitch at Busselton turn into a battle field as the Pakistani and Indian players got into an ugly scuffle. Some Indian players were also accused of hurting two Pakistani players -- Shafqat Rasool and Muhammad Imran --with their hockey sticks.

And that later led to the tournament director banning Indian hockey team manager, assistant manager and three players including the skipper for matches from one to five, while Pakistan captain Shakeel Abbasi was also barred for one match.

The Indian authorities, however, blamed the Pakistani players for instigating them and have plans to appeal against the bans.