Hockey, Men's Hockey, News — October 31, 2018 9:16 am

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The Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Tuesday in an executive committee meeting declared Mohammedan Sporting Club as the champions of the Premier Division Hockey League four months after the league?s last match between Mohammedan and Dhaka Mariner Young?s Club ended incomplete.

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Tuesday in an executive committee meeting declared Mohammedan Sporting Club as the champions of the Premier Division Hockey League four months after the league?s last match between Mohammedan and Dhaka Mariner Young?s Club ended incomplete.

Mohammedan and Mariners were locked 1-1 till the 44th minute in their June 7 match when two foreign umpires left the field due to irrational behaviour of the officials from the both clubs.Mohammedan needed only a draw to win the league while Mariner had to win it to take the title race into three-team play-offs.

The game?s governing body stood by the stalemate of that game which meant Mohammedan toppled Abahani with one point from that match and raised their tally to 40 points from 15 matches, one point more than runners-up Abahani.
Mariner Youngs Club finished third with 37 points from 15 outings. ?According to the bylaws, the rest of the minutes of that incomplete match was supposed to take place the next day but there was no environment to hold the match,? said BHF general secretary Abdus Sadeque after the meeting.

Besides, the foreign players and umpires had also departed the next day. There was also recommendation from the league committee to slash the points of both teams but the meeting has decided uphold 1-1 scoreline of 44 minutes before the pre-mature end of the game. As the points have been split between Mohammedan and Mariner, Mohammedan have been declared as the champions, said Sadeque.

The BHF secretary added that that both teams have to face the punishment also for their bad behaviour on the field. The disciplinary committee has been asked to submit a report within next 15 days to find out, who were responsible for that incomplete match. We will surely take actions in line with the recommendations, Sadeque added.

Mariner manager Nazrul Islam Mridha was disappointed with the decision and said that they would take further step after consulting the matter with club management.

 

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