A scuffle broke out between hockey teams of Punjab Police and Punjab National Bank during the final of the 56th Nehru Hockey Tournament on Monday. Hockey India CEO Elena Norman said, “We’re awaiting an official report from tournament officials, based on which Hockey India will take necessary action.”
#WATCH Delhi: Scuffle broke out between Punjab Police Hockey & Punjab National Bank Hockey teams during Nehru Cup finals. Elena Norman, Hockey India CEO says, "We're awaiting official report from Tournament officials, based on which Hockey India will take necessary action." pic.twitter.com/Yz3LAtGPl7
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The incident took place when PNB was on the attack inside the Punjab Police circle. Both teams were at 3-3. Players exchanged blows and fought with sticks inside the turf before tournament officials rushed to stop them. The match continued after a brief interruption with eight players on each side as on-field umpires gave red cards to three players each from both teams.
The Punjab Police manager got the red card for instigating his players. Eventually, the Punjab National Bank team lifted the title after winning the match 6-3.
Meanwhile, Hockey India has sought a detailed report from its tournament director Mahesh Kumar. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, who is also the chief of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), also called on Hockey India, seeking appropriate action in the matter.