PORTUGUESE hockey is likely to be in serious trouble with the European Hockey Federation after the EuroHockey warm-up game against Scotland in Lisbon yesterday erupted into physical violence.
The Scots won the game 4-0, all four scored by Kelburne players ? a Mark Ralph double and strikes from Ian Scholefield and Kenny Bain.
But the game will be remembered for all the wrong reasons as a Portuguese player, red-carded for dissent shortly before half-time, took the opportunity of the interval to punch the Portuguese umpire, who had to be taken to hospital.
And when Scottish umpire Neil McAlpine handed out a red card to a second player for a similar verbal offence with 20 minutes remaining, the game disintegrated as a contest.
Scotland manager Eugene Connolly said: ?I?m just very pleased that our players did not get involved and that none of us got injured, as the game became very physical towards the end.?
Sundays match was a much calmer affair and saw Scotland win 6-0 where the Scots emphasised their superior skills. with Kelburnes Ian Scholefield netting a double along with strikes from club team mates Gareth Hall and Kenny Bain.
This weekend the Scottish squad head to Poland for a 4 nation tournament.