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Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

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Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International wrestler Satender Malik has been handed a life ban after assaulting a referee during the selection trials for the Commonwealth Games 2022. In a chaotic afternoon, Malik charged up on the referee and was later forcefully separated, with an FIR so set to be lodged on the grappler. Follow all sports and CWG 2022 live updates on Insidesport.in

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Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

Speaking exclusively to Insidesport, Vinod Tomar, WFI’s Assistant Secretary said, “The referee will file an FIR against Satender Malik. The Wrestling Federation does not tolerate such behaviour and Malik will be banned for life. “

Indian wrestling team trials: Satender Malik assaults referee – what we know

  • Satender Malik faces off against Mohit Grewal in 125kg Category
  • Grewal leads 3-0 and challenges a decision, which gets overturned.
  • Malik loses his cool and slaps the referee, before being separated by force.
  • Grewal is pronounced winner and books his berth at the CWG 2022.
  • WFI hands Malik a lifetime ban
  • Satender faces a jail sentence with the referee set to file an FIR

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

In his bout against Mohit Grewal in the 125kg, Satender Malik lost his cool and assaulted the referee in a move that brings curtains on his CWG 2022 hopes and his career.

Air Force Grappler Grewal was leading 3-0 with just a 18 seconds left in the deciding bout when Mohit effected a ‘take-down’ move and also pushed Satender out of the mat for another point.

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

However, referee Virender Malik did not award two points to Mohit for the ‘takedown’ move and gave only one point for the pushout. The decision upset Mohit, who requested for a challenge.

Satyadev Malik, the jury for the bout, excused himself from the decision for the sake of impartiality, since he belonged to the Mokhra village from where Satender also comes.

Senior referee Jagbir Singh was requested to look into the challenge and with the help of TV replays, he ruled that Mohit should be given three points.

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

Satender eventually lost the bout and his cool, marching across the hall to first abuse Jagbir Sigh before slapping him across the face which saw the official collapse on the mat where Ravi Dahiya was in contention in the 57kg category.

The 57kg bout was stopped as the incident created a furore inside the KD Jadhav hall at the IG stadium.  The WFI officials managed to pull Satender away from the scene and out of the stadium and the 57kg bout was restarted.

The shocking incident happened in front of 100s of fans and WFI chief Brijbhushan Singh who was also in attendance. The WFI immediately imposed a lifetime ban on the wrestler with Vinod Tomar confirming the same to Insidesport.

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A visibly shaken Jagbir Singh said, “I had no inkling that he would do something like that.” A Class One referee since 2013, Jagbir added, “I had nothing to do with this bout. I had officiated the 97kg and 65kg finals and gave the ruling only after I was asked to do it.” “It’s up to WFI what action it wants to take against him.”

Tomar confirmed that the referees involved in the 125kg bout will also be questioned as to why the situation was allowed to escalate out of control. He told PTI, “The referees officiating that bout will also be called for an explanation that why points were not awarded to Mohit when it was clear that the take-down move was clean. Why did they let the situation go out of hand.”

Indian Wrestling Team Trials: International Wrestler Satender Malik assaults referee as big brawl reported in Wrestling trials to select Indian team for CWG 2022

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