Jimmy suspended for semifinal
Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, the veteran forward of Bangladesh hockey, has been suspended for one match from the ongoing SIBL Club Cup Tournament for assaulting an umpire and attacking opposition players during Mohammedan's group-stage fixture against Bangladesh Police on Monday.
The former national team captain will miss Mohammedan's crucial semifinal fixture against Mariner Youngs Club tomorrow. The forward has also been fined Tk 50,000 for unruly action. The decision was taken a meeting of the tournament committee yesterday.
The match ended abruptly after Police players stormed off the pitch protesting a decision of the umpire, who, as per bylaws, declared Mohammedan as winners after waiting for 10 minutes. The high-tempered fixture also saw players, including Jimmy, getting into scuffles.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation's vice-president Abdur Rashid Shikder told media that the decision was based on match report and video footages. He also said that the action deserved harsher punishment, but they were lenient considering that hockey returned after three years and the league will commence soon.
Meanwhile, defending champions Abahani will take on Sonali Bank in the other semifinal on the same day.