International Hockey Federation today handed a one-match suspension to Japanese player Miyu Tanimitsu for a deliberate foul against an Egyptian player during their 13th to 16th classification match of the men’s Junior Hockey World Cup here today.
Japan’s Miyu Tanimitsu was found guilty of breaching FIH Code of Conduct regarding by deliberately hitting an Egyptian player during their classification match.
“It was reported to me that during the match between Egypt and Japan, player no. 4 of Japan committed a serious physical foul against a player of Egypt. In my view this can be seen as a breach of the Code of Conduct,” FIH technical delegate Rogier Warris said in a statement.
“Video evidence was presented to me that shows that in minute 62nd of the match no 32 (Egypt v Japan) player no. 4 of Japan deliberately hits his opponent in the face with his stick.
“As I see this action as inappropriate and deliberate physical contact I will treat this as a breach of the Code of Conduct Level 1. Miyu Tanimitsu accepts the breach of the code of conduct and indicated that did not mean to hit the player. During the hearing the behaviour of Miyu Tanimitsu was very good,” he said.
“After review of the video evidence of the situation, I have decided to suspend Miyu Tanimitsu for one match (match no. 38) for his behaviour on the pitch,” Warris added.
Japan defeated Egypt 1-0 in the classification game to qualify for the 13th-14th play-off match scheduled for Friday.