BHUBANESWAR: The stress level in Pakistan camp eased a bit on Saturday morning when the FIH Appeal Jury lifted the one-match suspension on vice-captainAmmad Buttand let off the defender with a reprimand and a caution.
Butt will now be available for his team’s crucial final Pool D match against the Netherlands on Sunday. However, should he receive a yellow card in the tournament from this point on, the Technical Delegate, Christian Deckenbrock, has been recommended to bring the suspension back.
The incident that led to Ammad’s suspension happened in the 40th minute of the match against Malaysia, when the FIH deemed his rush and resultant physical contact with Faisal Saari as “breach of code of conduct (deliberate, reckless or careless physical contact between players in the course of play)”.
Pakistan appealed the decision and it has now been ruled in their favour.
“Convening today, the FIH Appeal Jury found the appellant, Ammad Butt, breached the Code of Conduct by carelessly, but not recklessly, running into the Malaysian player. However, the jury accepted the additional evidence that the appellant did subsequently show concern for the Malaysian player’s welfare,” FIH’s official statement read.
In another development that brought some relief to the team, the FIH approved Pakistan’s request to replace injured captain Muhammad Rizwan Jr with Arslan Qadir. The skipper fractured one of his toes and was ruled out of the tournament.