first_imgPakistan hockey team has suffered two major blows ahead of their crucial Pool D match against the Netherlands as their captain Muhammad Rizwan Sr was out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury and their vice-captain Ammad Butt was handed a one-match ban on Thursday.Butt’s suspension though has kicked up a storm as team manager Hasan Sardar alleged the International Hockey Federation of bias. The World Cup-winning former was clearly not impressed with the ban handed by Christian Deckenbrock, the technical delegate at the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.Sardar claimed Deckenbrock was a Dutch official and that a “harsh decision” was taken by the FIH ahead of their match against the Netherlands, who need nothing less than a win to keep their hopes of sealing a direct quarter-final berth alive.”I think this is an afterthought but we have to play a match against the Netherlands and this decision was given by a Dutch technical delegate. They lost to Germany and this is a do-or-die match for them as well as us. So I think they have taken this harsh decision against us,” Sardar was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.As it turns out, Deckenbrock is a German and not a Dutch official as Sardar claims, according to The Times of India.Meanwhile, FIH has accepted Pakistan’s appeal against the ban and a hearing has been scheduled for Saturday, according to the news daily.”We have appealed against this decision and I hope the FIH would listen to our appeal and give a decision in our favour,” Sardar had said.advertisement”Ammad not only saved himself and a goal but also the Malaysian player. This is a biased decision,” he added.Shedding more light on the issue, Pakistan cheif coach Tauqeer Ahmad Dar, said: “Hassan Sardar was emailed in the morning that there is a decision pending against Ammad Butt and that he has done something very wrong.”He went to the enquiry, but there is no evidence but that is the decision of the Technical Delegate. We have appealed against that and I hope sanity prevails.”He was shown a video for just two or three minutes. It shows a Pakistani rusher trying to save a PC. A Malaysian forward is trying to score. One of our boys Abu Bakr got stitches because of a stick from a Malaysian boy. But that’s ok. It’s hockey not ping pong.”Having failed to clinch a win so far, Pakistan are currently placed third in the four-team Pool D table with one point from two matches. The four-time champions have lost the opportunity to clinch a direct quarter-final berth but they are still in with a chance to make it to the crossovers.(With inputs from PTI)Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEAlso Read | Malaysia hold PakistanAlso Read | Pakistan stars woo fans in Bhubaneswar, dance to Bollywood songsAlso Read | Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guestlast_img