Disciplinary Panel suspends Argentina's Rognoni
???? The first FIH Disciplinary Panel meeting to be convened in more than a year was held in February to consider the possibility of disciplining top Argentinean hockey international, Cecelia Rognoni for her actions during last year's Pan American Games. The Disciplinary Panel met in Barcelona, Spain to consider the facts surrounding a ball-throwing incident which took place during the Pan Am Games, held in Winnipeg, Canada in July 1999, and the Panel ultimately decided to suspend Ms. Rognoni.

Ms. Rognoni was suspended by the FIH from her country's women's national team for 12 months, retroactively from the date of the incident, when it was concluded she threw a ball at an umpire in frustration after a controversial call in a game against the United States. She is also required to pay US$1,500 to the FIH as partial compensation for the costs of convening the meeting.

Immediately following the incident last July, the Amateur Association of Hockey in Argentina, the national governing body, removed Ms. Rognoni from the National team pending the final decision by the FIH. With the year-long suspension effective as from the date of the incident, Ms. Rognoni will again be eligible for national selection on 1st August 2000.

Ms. Rognoni, who was in attendance along with an advisor during the meeting of the Disciplinary Panel, expressed her regret about the incident, and as summarised in the Disciplinary Panel report, said she was hopeful she would have the opportunity to prove on the hockey pitch in the future that her action on the 29th July 1999 was completely counter to her normal behaviour and that she had learned from this most disturbing incident.

The Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel was HRH Sultan Azlan Shah of Malaysia, the Secretary was Robert Watson of England, and the members were Joaquin Dualde of Spain, and Jerry Da Silva of Portugal.