National hockey team captain Rassel Mahmud Jimmy yesterday refuted all the allegations of indiscipline against him after appearing before a four-member committee at the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF), but his explanations seemingly failed to impress the members.
The star forward has allegedly spoken openly to the media against BHF officials from time to time as well as behaved badly with Bangladesh Army players during the Victory Day tournament. He has also been alleged to have taken part and earned money from promotional activities regarding the recent Hockey World League (Round 2), which was held in Dhaka.
Jimmy, who has had a chequered fraught with disciplinary offences, however refuted the allegations appearing before the committee, which comprised of federation officials Ehsan Rana, Rafiqul Islam Kamal, Mamunur Rashid and Kamrul Islam Kismat.
“The federation had previously handed punishment to Jimmy, but he was later pardoned after he submitted a written bond. However, he went on to breach that bond,” Ehsan Rana, who is also the coordinator of the national team, told reporters after the hearing.
“He appeared with his written explanation to our show cause notice and also verbally explained his defence. We also showed him the documents that we have and recorded the whole hearing. We will prepare a report on this hearing and produce it before the general secretary and the working committee within a couple of days,” the former national team player added.
Rana also opined that if the allegations are proven beyond a doubt, Jimmy should be given exemplary punishment.
However, Jimmy himself refrained from talking to reporters after the hearing.