The members of the Thiruvananthapuram District handball team have submitted a memorandum to the Kerala State Sports Council seeking a probe into the conduct of the State senior championship held at Malappuram recently.

Thiruvananthapuram finished second in the tournament behind host Malappuram. But the Thiruvananthapuram players allege that the partisan crowd with connivance of officials from the Malappuram District Handball Association and the umpires prevented them from defending their title.

The players said that there were no policemen to control the unruly crowd which attacked the players and injured a few of them. The players said they were threatened against forfeiting the match and the team was forced to play the final with its second-string players after Sivaprasad, Lenin, Sujith, Shinto, Saji and Rajiv sustained injuries in the attack.

The players said that the officials of the MDHA did not do anything to prevent the situation from turning ugly. The umpiring was biased against Thiruvananthapuram and in the semifinal against Kollam blatant fouls were overlooked and goals disallowed.

The memorandum, signed by 14 players, has requested the KSSC to take suitable action against the culprits and prevent such incidents in future.

The KSSC President, Padmini Thomas, when contacted, said that she has asked for independent reports from the Kerala Handball Association and the MDHA. “Action will be taken based on these reports,” she said. — Principal Correspondent

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