Pakistan players banned for obscene gestures

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Pakistan lost 2-0 to Germany in Sunday's final

Two Pakistan players have been banned by the International Hockey Federation for making obscene gestures in the Champions Trophy.

The players removed their shirts and gestured to the crowd after Pakistan's 4-3 semi-final victory over hosts India in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

Muhammad Tousiq and reserve goalkeeper Ali Amjad were suspended for one match.

"The players were seen making gestures that are considered to be obscene," read an FIH a statement.

Tournament director Wiert Doyer initially cleared Pakistan of any wrongdoing after coach Shahnaz Sheikh apologised.

But the International Hockey Federation (FIH) suspended the players after Hockey India president Narinder Batra demanded an unconditional apology from Pakistan, and called for strict action from the governing body.

Pakistan were beaten by India in the Asian Games final in South Korea in October, a defeat which denied them direct qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

India will host the 2018 World Cup.

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