Badminton: Thai players face sanctions over ugly on-court brawl at Canada Open
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Two Thai badminton players are facing potential sanctions over a vicious on-court brawl after the sport's world body opened disciplinary proceedings on Thursday.
Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit could be hit with bans, suspensions or fines after last week's fight, which unfolded during the Canada Open men's doubles final in front of shocked spectators.
Video footage showed Bodin chasing Maneepong, his partner at last year's Olympics but now teamed with Nipitphon Puangpuapech, on to a neighbouring court and dragging him to the ground.
He then punched his prone countryman twice and appeared to try to stamp on him before being dragged away from Maneepong, who got up shirtless and was helped away.