Pak umpire Dilawar Bhatti let off with warning

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Lahore, Sept 22 (UNI) Pakistani umpire Dilawar Hussain Bhatti, who was sent back in the middle of Good Luck Beijing hockey tournament last month for violating rules and security breach, has been let off with a warning by the FIH Umpiring Committee.

Bhatti, who officiated in the four-nation tournament early last month, had been asked to pack up and leave on the second day of the event by tournament director for taking two of his nephews into the stadium without accreditation.

Dilawar had also reportedly used official bus to carry his nephews to the venue. When tournament director Ken Read directed Dilawar to remove his two nephews from the venue he had taken them in the umpires' room.

This had forced Read to cancel Dilawar's accreditation and to order Dilawar's unceremonious exit from the Chinese city.

But, FIH decided not to take any further disciplinary action against Dilawar and he was given only a warning not to repeat such acts.

According to 'Dawn', a PHF spokesman said since Bhatti had already been penalised by the tournament director in Beijing, the chairman of the FIH Umpiring Committee confirmed that no further disciplinary action would be taken against the umpire provided he does not repeat such actions in the future.

UNI

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