World number one fined for incident during shock defeat in Manchester
By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor
World number one Mohamed Elshorbagy has been fined £500 by the PSA for his behaviour during the AJ Bell British Grand Prix in Manchester in December.
He was reported for “unsportsmanlike behaviour” during his shock quarter-final defeat to Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, who went on to finish runner-up to England’s Nick Matthew.
He chose to engage with the referee for a large part of the match. At one point he banged his fist on the glass wall and glared at the official after losing a rally. He then continued arguing with the referee for prolonged periods.
As well as his fine, Bristol-based Egyptian Elshorbagy received an additional fine of £500, which will become payable should he face any further disciplinary action within the next 12-months.
Malaysian Muhamed Asyraf Azan has been banned for three months following incidents at the Gas City Open in Alberta and the Tournament of Champions in New York.
Azan finished runner-up to Hong Kong’s Leo Au in Alberta but his charge sheet from the tournament consists of the following breaches of PSA conduct rules:
Abuse of equipment
Physical abuse, and
In New York, his cry of a four-letter word echoed around Grand Central Terminal, resulting in a further charge of verbal abuse.
Alongside his three-month suspension from the PSA World Tour, Azan has been fined £200 and given a £500 suspended fine. The player has been warned about his future behaviour and the suspended fine will become payable upon any further disciplinary action taken within next 12-months.
England’s Ashley Davies has also received a suspended fine of £100 for an audible obscenity during the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix.
He has also been warned about his future behaviour and the fine will become payable should he face any further disciplinary action taken within the next 12-months.
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