Chiefs to con­sider calls for a PC ban

The Hockey Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Rod Gil­mour

WORLD hockey chiefs will look into the pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing penalty cor­ner rules with play­ers con­tin­u­ing to ex­press fears over safety and se­ri­ous in­jury.

Narinder Ba­tra, the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, said ear­lier this year that any po­ten­tial ban wouldn’t be im­posed be­fore the 2018 World Cups.

How­ever, a re­cent FIH re­struc­tur­ing of its pan­els and com­mit­tees will push the mat­ter onto the agenda of the new health and safety com­mit­tee in Lau- sanne. “It will be up to them to make any rec­om­men­da­tions to the FIH ex­ec­u­tive board, along with pro­posed time­lines if re­quired,” said Ja­son McCracken, the FIH chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Fol­low­ing the launch of The Hockey Pa­per, sev­eral prom­i­nent fig­ures have ad­mit­ted that dan­ger­ous play is be­com­ing more preva­lent in to­day’s game and have called for rule changes to the way cor­ners are run.

Dan Fox, the for­mer Great Bri­tain de­fender, has al­ready said that penalty cor­ners are an “un­nec­es­sary dan­ger” while cur­rent cap­tain Barry Mid­dle­ton says that the FIH are in a “tricky po­si­tion”. The Hol­combe mid­fielder, who will cap­tain Eng­land at this sum­mer’s World League in Lon­don, also urged the FIH to in­ter­act with play­ers, coaches and kit de­sign­ers.

Sev­eral ideas have been touted to re­place penalty cor­ners while at the same time keep­ing the ele­ment of ex­cite­ment within the game. These have in­cluded a four against three sce­nario, which gives the at­tack­ing side an ad­van­tage and recog­nises fouls in the cir­cle as an im­por­tant as­pect of the game.

But, ac­cord­ing to Ba­tra, any change to the FIH in­ter­na­tional rule book has to see in a two-year process be­fore it is rat­i­fied.

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