Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Club suspends Thai Bodin for on-court punch-up - report

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July 27 (Reuters) - Thai shuttler Bodin Issara has been suspended by his club Granular until the end of the year for his on-court punch-up with former doubles partner Maneepong Jongjit during Sunday's Canada Open final, local media reported on Saturday.

Trouble broke out in the tie between two Thai pairs after Maneepong and Nipitphon Puangpuape­ch bagged the first game. At the change of ends Maneepong hit Bodin with his racquet following a heated verbal exchange.

Bodin retaliated by chasing down

We have taken steps to ensure that Mr Bodin and his behaviour will become an important lesson for himself

Maneepong to a neighbouri­ng court and rugby-tackled him to the ground before punching him several times, incurring a disqualifi­cation.

In a letter to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Granular president Jane Piyatat apologised for the incident and said Bodin has been suspended without pay until the end of the year, the Bangkok Post reported.

“We would like to apologise to the BWF, Badminton Canada, sponsors and fans for the embarrassi­ng incident,” Jane wrote in the letter, according to the report. “Please do accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenie­nce you may have experience­d.

“We have taken steps to ensure that Mr Bodin and his behaviour will become an important lesson for himself and other players. We have decided to suspend him from all domestic and overseas competitio­ns for the rest of 2013.

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