India vs Pakistan clashes will always be a high temper clash and it was no different when both these teams faced off each other in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIH Champions Trophy Hockey tournament in Bhubneshwar. A last minute goal from the stick of Mohammad Qadar with just 70 seconds to go for the final hooter, led the men in green to a 4-3 victory over their arch-rivals.
Pakistani players went into a frenzy mode, danced in jubilation and started celebrating in a wild fashion. Pakistani players shamelessly celebrated in an unprofessional manner as they removed their shirts, used foul language to the spectators and made obscene gestures including the middle-finger salute towards the crowd and media, which prompted their coach Shahnaz Sheikh to come into action and take his players away.
Shahbaz also added that the entire team will take flowers for the spectators as an apology for their behaviour when they reach the ground for the finals against Germany later today.
Shahnaz also apologised to the FIH for the incident which prompted the governing body not to take any actions against them. Tournament Director Wiert Doyer then spoke to Pakistani camp and said International Hockey Federation (FIH) has accepted their apology.
“The celebration of the Pakistani team contained some behaviour that warranted further investigation by me as Tournament Director. As a result I have spoken to the Head Coach of the Pakistan team, Mr. Shahnaz Sheikh and told him that the behaviour of Pakistan players went beyond what is acceptable to standards of the FIH. The behaviour in question concerned many members of the Pakistan team. It is difficult to find any particular miscreant, and it is possible that the behaviour of the players may have been a reaction. Shahnaz Sheikh has apologised and assured me that this behaviour will not occur again. Given these matters, I’ve decided that no further action is warranted,” Doyer said.
“I am not a politician I am a sportsperson, but I am sorry for this. They are youngsters and made a mistake in enthusiasm. I guess that’s enough,” Sheikh said the post match press conference.
Indian captain Sardar Singh too bashes out on the celebration by saying “It doesn’t look good because many families came to watch the match. Their celebration after the win was not appropriate. They deserved to win. Congratulations to them, but the way they celebrated by opening their shirt and making indecent gestures was not right. It sends a wrong message.”