Friday, November 18, 2005

Sports pyschologist banned!

British sports psychologist John Pates has been banned from the European Tour for three months following a scuffle with a caddie last week in China.

Pates who measures up to be 6ft 3in admitted to hitting Welsh World Cup player Bradley Dredge's former caddie, Rick Brand.

"The fact that I hit him was, in hindsight, unacceptable. At the end of the day, what I did was wrong," were the words of the psychologist

"I have no choice than to accept the ban. I need accreditation to work and they don't want me to work."

Brand who is caddying for Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen this week, apparanlty provoked Pates, which caused the whole incident.

An official statement was released by the European Tour saying "John Pates will have his accreditation taken away for a period of three months, effective from December 1 2005. The caddie has been fined an undisclosed sum"


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