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Two Minute suspension for green card, says FIH (10/21/2009)
--FIH Press Release
Two Minute suspension for green card, says FIH

Green card is no more a mere warning. It is going to cost the team a player's absence for two minutes, time counted from the moment the player occupies the bench. This is the new ruling of the FIH, which will come into effect during the three World Cup qualifiers for men and the Champios Trophy. G

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has approved a variation to the rules in relation to the penalty for a green card in the forthcoming ABN AMRO Champions Trophy 2009 in Melbourne, Australia and the three Men’s World Cup Qualifiers 2009.

Where a green card is issued the offending player is temporarily suspended for two (2) minutes. Temporarily suspended players must remain in a designated place until permitted by the technical officer on duty to resume play.

During the period of temporary suspension of a player, the team plays with one less player. The umpire immediately restarts the game after the issue of the green card.

The offending player must leave the field immediately. If the player interferes with play on the way to the designated place the umpire further penalises the player under the normal conduct of play provisions.

The two minute temporary suspension commences when the player is seated at the designated area. The timing of the suspension is controlled by the technical officials on duty at the technical table.

According to a FIH press releases, this chenge of Rules of Hockey was approved by all concerned in the FIH and also the organizers of the forthcoming events.

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