Mumbai: Constant changes in the rules of field hockey have affected the performance of former giants of the game - India and Pakistan - while benefiting the Europeans the most, according to ace Pakistan forward Rehan Butt.
"The rules of the game are constantly being chopped and changed by the strong European lobby. They have removed the off side rule and have also done away with the rule, which penalised 'turning'. Such rule changes have been done to the detriment of India and Pakistan," Butt told PTI via a teleconference call.
Butt pointed out that officials from neither India nor Pakistan are strong enough to prevent the change of rules from being implemented at the international level.