England polo captain banned

  • England polo team captain, Andrew Hine, has been banned from playing polo for six months after striking an opponent

    Andrew Hine, the captain of the England polo team on Cartier International Day, was banned from polo for six months, four of them suspended, following an incident at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on Tuesday, 6 August.

    After a qualifying match for the Hildon European Open for the Prince Philip Trophy, in which Hine’s team Horse Power defeated DK Polo 9-8, Hine punched the DK Polo number two, Guillermo Cuitino.

    An inquiry by the stewards of the Hurlingham Polo Association last Saturday, the sport’s governing body, foundHine guilty of misconduct and also fined him £2,000.

    David Woodd, chief executive of the HPA, said: “The ban is effective in America and all our affiliated countries, including Australia and New Zealand.”

    The ban preventedHine from playing in last Sunday’s final of the European Open at Guards Polo Club. His place was taken by six-goaler Roddy Williams.

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