Hockey: Chinese accused of 'attack' on umpire

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China look certain to be punished by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) following an alleged attack on the Japanese umpire Naomi Kato after their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Harare. The tournament director and senior FIH officials are examining video evidence of the game before making a decision. The incident occurred 10 minutes before the end of the game when Kato awarded a penalty corner to Scotland. When the defender Shu Zhen -yu refused to retreat behind the line, she was shown a yellow card and temporarily suspended. Rhona Simpson followed up Sue Fraser's powerful drive to score and clinch a place for the jubilant Scots at next year's Cup finals in Utrecht. At the final whistle Kato was surrounded by incensed Chinese players, who allegedly hit her, while Chinese fans in the stand spat on match officials. Police, fearing for Kato's safety, escorted her from the pitch. An appeal by the Chinese against the yellow card was considered by officials after the game and turned down. China play Ireland tomorrow in a play-off for a place in Holland, while England face Russia .

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