The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has been forced to apologise for abusive comments made on social media by its own President, Narinder Batra.
Batra posted a series of messages on Facebook after Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq used Twitter to congratulate the Pakistan cricket team after they beat India in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval in London yesterday.
The FIH President also criticised police in Britain for summoning Indian player Sardar Singh for questioning after a Hockey World League semi-final match in London, reportedly in connection with an alleged sexual assault case.
Farooq is the spiritual leader of the Muslims in Kashmir, a territory disputed by India, Pakistan and China.
Pakistan had thrashed their Indian opponents by 180 runs in the final of the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy, sparking wild scenes of celebration in Kashmir Valley, which is administered by India.
Batra, elected as FIH President in last November, responded to Farooq's tweets with a derogatory Facebook post.
The Indian labelled Farooq as a "Pakistani sucker" and a "pig", before claimed he should return to Pakistan.
The FIH head also called 44-year-old Farooq a "Pakistan sympathiser".
"Why doesn't Government of India pick up this Pakistani sucker and pig Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and throw him across the border," Batra wrote.
"Why does my country tolerate these Pakistan sympathisers?"
Batra then concluded the post by calling himself a "proud Kashmiri" and a "patriotic Indian".
In a separate incident, Batra, the former President of Hockey India, claimed "England is a country which is a safe heaven (sic) for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England" after British authorities asked Singh in for questioning.
The former Indian captain, who had just played in his country's 7-1 win over Pakistan, was asked to travel to Leeds to be questioned.
Singh was last year accused by a British woman of rape and assault both in India and the UK.
"I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations," Batra wrote on his Facebook page.
"Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved."
Batra's Facebook posts about subjects have since been deleted and the FIH have sought to distance themselves from the comments made by their President.
"The FIH is aware of recent comments made by FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra via his personal social media channels," a statement from the FIH said.
"The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH.
"The FIH would like to apologise for any offence that these comments may have caused.
"At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes."