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Never took advantage, we are friends: Sardar Singh denies allegations

India hockey skipper Sardar Singh, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a UK woman who claims to be his girlfriend, says he is ready to face any investigation.

sports Updated: Feb 04, 2016 15:27 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Hockey player Sardar Singh with others during the press conference at Hockey stadium , Sec-42 in Chandigarh on Thursday.(HT Photo )

India hockey skipper Sardar Singh, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman who claims to be his girlfriend, said on Thursday that he was ready to face any investigation.

“I did not do anything wrong. We were close friends, but I never took advantage of it and never exploited her in any way. I am ready to face any investigation” said Sardar at a press conference in Chandigarh.

“I knew her for a long time, but all the allegations which I am hearing through the media are false,” he said.

‎”Let’s wait and everything will be clear. I was not using social media, including Twitter, for more than a year between 2014-2015 and she had taken all the passwords of the accounts and she used to tweet and retweet pictures and content from her account. And all this will come to light when the investigation starts.”

On the woman’s allegation that he forced her to abort, Sardar said: “It’s is false.”

A former England U-19 hockey player of Indian origin who became his girlfriend after the London Olympics has filed a complaint in Ludhiana alleging sexual exploitation and that the player reneged on his promise to marry her after they were engaged.

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In the complaint to Ludhiana police commissioner, she alleged that he “mentally, physically and emotionally tortured” her. She has claimed that she got pregnant but Sardar persuaded her to undergo abortion and has since then stopped taking her calls. The hockey player denied the allegations by the 21-year-old, who hails from Leeds, UK.

The Ludhiana police commissioner on Wednesday formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the complaint against Sardar, who is a deputy superintendent in the Haryana Police. Additional deputy commissioner of police, SS Atwal, who is part of the three-member panel, said the hockey skipper would be asked to join the probe.

If the controversy rages on and the Punjab Police registers an FIR then there are chances that Sardar will be arrested. In that case Hockey India – the apex body of the sport in the country – might have to rethink his captaincy.

Till now HI is silent on the issue and its PR firm is circulating a brief in the media that HI has kept itself away from the issue as it is pertaining to Sardar’s personal life.

First Published: Feb 04, 2016 12:58 IST