IPOH: Forward Faizal Saari faces a possible one-match suspension for losing his temper in the match against Canada on Monday.
The forward, who has scored four goals in three matches, will probably not play in the match against China on Wednesday after he broke a chair at the technical table during the match against Canada.
Faizal was flashed the yellow card by umpire Javed Shaikh of India in the 24th minute for hitting Canada’s Jagdish Gill on the knee.
The 23-year-old Faizal, instead of sitting on the chair, vented his anger by breaking the plastic chair with his hockey stick.
A report was lodged by the technical officials and his case will be heard on Wednesday morning.
Now remorseful, Faizal admits to regretting the way he reacted.
“I went for the ball in the 50-50 situation when I clashed with the Canadian player. I was shocked when the umpire flashed the yellow card.
“As I was walking out of the pitch, I lost my head and took a swing at the chair and it broke. I am sorry for my actions as I will probably be suspended for the match against China.
“My team-mates will have to shoulder the responsibility of getting the goals against China now,” said Faizal, who has 134 international caps to his credit.
National chief coach K. Dharmaraj said that there were several off-the-ball incidents in the match where Malaysian players were tackled roughly by the Canadians.
“However, it was wrong of Faizal to vent his anger by breaking the chair.
“We will collect all the off-the-ball incidents and present our video tomorrow to the Tournament Director (Gavin Hawke from New Zealand) to strengthen our case on why Faizal should not be penalised for his actions,”said Dharmaraj.
“We will appeal but if he gets a one-match suspenion then we will definitely miss his services as he is the best striker in the team,” said Dharmaraj.
Malaysia, who were runners-up in the tournament last year, need to collect full points against China to keep their hopes alive for a place in the final.
Dharmaraj said that it won’t be easy against debutants China, who have shown improvement in every match.
“They produced a superb show against South Africa to stun them (5-0) and played a fast attacking game against South Korea before going down (2-3).
“So we have to be wary of them throughout the match,” said Dharmaraj.