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Tuesday September 10, 2013 MYT 9:58:26 PM
by aftar singh
Mohd Aminuddin Abu (left) is still serving a two-year ban and should not have been registered or fielded by Pahang to play in the Razak Cup.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hosts Pahang could land in hot water for registering and fielding Mohd Aminuddin Abu, who is still serving a two-year ban, in the Razak Cup hockey tournament.
Aminuddin, the younger brother of former national player Ismail Abu, played in the Division One match against Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, which the hosts lost 3-1.
Aminuddin, who played for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), was tested positive for a recreational drug during random testing in September 2011.
He was banned for two years by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) and his suspension ends on Oct 12.
MHC secretary Johari Aziz said that hosts Pahang should have checked with the MHC before they registered the player for the Razak Cup.
Razak Cup tournament director Brian Fernandez said that Aminuddin has been removed from the tournament.
“Aminuddin will be referred to the Disciplinary Board (DB) for further action,” said Brian.
Aminuddin could face a longer suspension from the MHC for playing in the tournament despite still serving a ban.
Brian added that he has no power to take action against the Pahang team.
“Pahang will continue playing in the tournament and their result against KL stands.
“I will leave it to the MHC to decide on the matter,” said Brian.
Former Selangor manager Joseph de Silva said that hosts Pahang should be barred from the tournament for registering a player who is still serving a two-year ban.
“They have committed an offence and should be punished,” said Joseph.
“I question why the MHC officials did not check on the matter during the managers meeting on Saturday.
“The Razak Cup, which is the country’s prime tournament, is becoming a mockery,” said Joseph.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Pahang bounced back from their opening match defeat, to outplay Penang 5-2 in a Group B match to stay in hunt for a place in the semi-finals.
Pahang, last year’s runners-up, need a win over Perak on Thursday to seal a place in the last four.
KL, the 19-time champions, edged Perak 4-3 to register their second win and seal a place in the semis.
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hockey, Razak Cup, Pahang, Mohd Aminuddin Abu, Malaysian Hockey Confederation, MHC
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