Roll Ball WC ends in disgrace

Sudipta Ananda | Published: 22:18, Feb 22,2017

 
 

Clockwise from top left shows Bangladesh roll ball player Din Islam Ridoy shows his middle finger to Iranian goalkeeper, Iran’s player-cum-coach Mohammad Reza Sheikh Zafri is shown red card, referee shows red card to Bangladesh team’s Indian coach Sunil Dhage after slapping his Iranian counterpart, a Kenyan player lay injured at the Dhaka Medical College & Hospital after a skirmish with Senegal during women’s third place deciding match on Wednesday. — Sourav Losker/ Sanaul Haque

The fourth edition of Roll Ball World Cup ended on Wednesday but not before some chaos in men’s semi-final involving Bangladesh and Iran ruining the event.
Bangladesh lost the game by 3-11 goals, which led team’s Indian coach Sunil Dhage to lose his temper, triggering a pandemonium at the Shorwardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
Dhage slapped Iran’s player-cum-coach Mohammad Reza Sheikh Zafri minutes before the final whistle much to the shock of players, officials and spectators present at the ground.
Dhage was shown the red card before police took him away, though no formal charge was pressed against the Indian coach for physically assaulting a member of the opponent team.
The incident began once Bangladesh player Din Islam Ridoy showed his middle finger to Iranian goalkeeper after he converted a penalty having missed two opportunities earlier.
Iran coach Zafri, who took the field as a player in the second half reacted to the incident elbowing the Bangladesh forward.
He was readily given a red card but Bangladesh coach Dhage was not satisfied with the punishment.
He got involved in a heated argument with Zafri and at one stage slapped on his face, leaving the Iranian coach bewildered.
Dhage, however, apologised for his behaviour later.
Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation general secretary Ahmed Asibur Rahman regretted the whole episode.
‘We will probe his [Dhage] behaviour and will take appropriate action against him if he is found guilty,’ he said.
It was, however, not the only incident that marred the event on its final day.
In the women’s third place deciding match Kenya and Senegal got involved in a skirmish after their match, leaving at least one Kenyan player to take treatment from Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The competition ended with India winning double crown, edging Iran both men’s and women’s final.
In a nail-biting men’s final India came out
victorious 8-7 by goals before they beat the same opponents by 6-4 goal in women’s final.
India women’s took a 4-2 lead in the first half and added two more while Iran tried their best to return to the game and scored two more goals but that what not enough to restrict the Indians.
Bangladesh men’s team became fourth as they lost to 1-7 Kenya in third place deciding match while Kenya women’s team also finished third in the tournament.
Kenya beat Senegal by 8-1 goals in another chaos hit decider.
Bangladesh women’s team was eliminated from the round of the 16 on Tuesday.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the prizes among the winners at the Sheikh Russell Roller Skating Complex today.

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