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FIH not to take action against Carvalho
April 27, 2008 15:03 IST
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has decided not to take any action against Joaquim Carvalho for his criticism of umpiring in the Chile Olympic Qualifiers, saying it was satisfied with the explanation given by the Indian coach.
FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman said the governing body has received an official reply from the Indian Hockey Confederation and was satisfied with it.
"They have said that someone else wrote on coach's behalf and the coach hasn't said anything against the umpires. We have to believe him (coach) in this case," she said referring to the newspaper columns in which Carvalho made the comments after India lost the final of the qualifiers to Britain.
The loss meant that India failed to make the cut for Olympics [Images] for the first time in 80 years.
When pointed out that Carvalho also made televised comments against officials, Vriesman said the FIH was not interested in investigating the matter any further.
"We have to trust people," she said. She, however, asserted that the FIH will keep an eye on him in future to see whether he violates any code of conduct.
"We expect a certain level of responsibility from every section of people involved in the sphere of international hockey. We are a family and our concern should be the interest of hockey," she said.
On return from Chile, Carvalho castigated the umpires for being unfair to the Indian players. He was also quoted as saying that FIH conspired to keep India out of the Olympics.
Vriesman ridiculed the reported "conspiracy theories".
"Why would we conspire against India whom we want to come up? We would have been delighted to have them at Beijing [Images], but I congratulate the Great Britain team for their performance," she said.