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IHF chief warns players for indiscipline

Taking a serious note of players airing their views against coach Gerhard Rach, Indian hockey chief KPS Gill came down heavily on the players for not playing as a team.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Athens
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2004 11:09 PM IST

Indian Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill on Thursday pulled up the players for the country's dismal show in the Olympics warning that the indiscipline in the team's ranks would not be tolerated any more.

Taking a serious note of players airing their view in public against coach Gerhard Rach, Gill also came down heavily on the senior members of the side for not playing as a team.

"The players had problem with (coaches) Cedric (D'Souza), (Vasudevan) Baskaran and also Rajinder (Singh). Rach has been here only for one month only. But they have started to write against him too," Gill said.

Gill said he was not averse to use the stick to inculcate a sense of discipline amongst the players.

"I had been charged of being autocratic. I wish I had been. I assure you, I will be one now.

"Total discipline has to be implemented. They are not playing as a team. By dribbling past two or three players, you can impress the spectators. But this is a team game," he said.

India have so far lost four of their six matches here and would battle it out with Korea for the seventh spot on Friday.

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