Though the legality of the Technical Committee of the Malaysian Hockey League is questionable, it did not stop them from coming down hard on the players involved in the fracas after the match between KL Hockey Club and Yayasan Negeri Sembilan at the KLHA Stadium last Sunday.
The members of the Technical Committee was not appointed by the MHF Competition Committee at their first meeting held on December 4, thus leading some state officials who are members of the MHF Competitions Committee to question the legality of the committee.
Putting that aside, the Technical Committee decided to hand down a five match suspension on Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor of KLHC for his role in the post match incident. Thus Nabil, who was a member of the Asian Games silver medal winning side, will have to sit out the matches against ATM-Airod (7 Jan), Nur Insafi (8th Jan), Uitm (14 Jan), UniKL-TRC (15 Jan) and Maybank (21 Jan).
Another KLHC player, Megat Azrafiq was suspended for two matches while Vivek Gupta of YNS, a former Indian junior international was also suspended for two matches, i.e against Uitm (Jan 8) and ATM-Airod (14 Jan).
The irony of the whole thing was the letting off for YNS's Deepak Thakur who was clearly the chief instigator of the whole incident as it was his incident with Megat, towards the dying seconds of the match, that was the trigger to the unfortunate incident.
The suspensions are a major blow to KLHC as it involved key players and while Megat will not be missed against the likes of ATM-Airod and Nur Insafi, KLHC will surely miss Nabil Fiqri in the next three matches, which are crucial to their title defence.