Hockey World Cup 2018: India coach Harendra Singh lashes out at umpires after quarters exit

first_imgIndia coach Harendra Singh was critical of the umpiring in the Hockey World Cup 2018 quarter-final, which saw the home team lose 2-1 to the Netherlands and exit the tournament in front of a packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Thursday.A well-oiled Indian unit had raised the hopes of making the semi-finals for the first time since 1975 but the Dutch side broke a million hearts by coming from behind to knock out the hosts.India took the lead in the 12th minute through Akashdeep Singh before Thierry Brinkman drew parity for Netherlands five seconds before the end of the first quarter at the Kalinga Stadium. After a hard-fought third quarter, Netherlands scored the winner in the 50th minute when Mink van der Weerden converted a penalty corner.Harendra said after the match that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) needs to seriously address the quality of umpiring as his side has been on the receiving end of poor on-field decisions twice this year.India vs Netherlands, Hockey World Cup 2018: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”I would like to tender my apologies. We haven’t given what we had to. I am not going to stop today. If they [umpires] don’t want to improve, we will continue to face these type of results,” Harendra said at the post-match press conference.”Can anyone define Amit Rohidas’s 10-min yellow card? What about this gentleman [pointing at Manpreet Singh], when he was pushed from behind? Why not a yellow card there? We have lost two major tournaments [Asian Games] this year because of umpiring.advertisement”Two times we got a card when we hadn’t done anything. But when it happened against us, they [umpires] said nothing. They need to improve. We have lost two major tournaments,” he added.Harendra, however, ruled out lodging any complaint saying that the outcome of a protest “has never been good in my career.””99.8 percent the referral goes in favour of players. The outcome of a protest has never been good in my career. We accept this gracefully. We want neutral umpiring. I except both teams to be treated equally. One wrong decision can ruin your preparation of 4-6 years,” Harendra said.India captain Manpreet Singh too was utterly disappointed with the outcome and said there is no point in lodging a protest now.”What is the use? We lost. We are out of the tournament,” he said. India opened the scoring in the quarter-final vs the Netherlands but could not stop the Dutch from scoring. (Hockey India Photo)”The team had put in all the effort, but it didn’t happen. I am happy that all boys gave their 100 per cent and were not short on confidence.”Harendra said it was an equal contest but missed chances hurt India badly.”We had a couple of open chances. We missed, so did Holland. That was because both teams were playing high-tempo game. Sometimes your position is not there, or your stick is not there [in the right place]. The way the boys fought without the goalkeeper, in front of you I want to salute my players.”We played well in patches but I will give 7 out of 10 on temperament to my team.”Criticising the on-field umpires, Harendra further said he didn’t think the penalty corner from which Netherlands scored their winner, was right. “The penalty corner which they got, I don’t agree with it.”Netherlands coach Max Caldas, however, disagreed with his Indian counterpart and said it is not wise to blame the umpires after a defeat.”The team with most chances wins the game. We won the game. That’s the bottom line. In the end, the umpires didn’t play the game. We never discuss umpires after a game, we talk about our own performance,” he said.”We review games, not umpires. We review our own performance. It happened with us at the Champions Trophy when the call went against us and we had a draw against India. Umpires do their job. It’s a very fast-paced game,” Caldas added.The Dutch captain Billy Bakker too agreed with his coach on the umpiring issue.”I think we are pretty happy with the officials. In the end, India were asking for a penalty corner. It doesn’t matter if they had the referral. Sometimes in sports things don’t go like you want. Something you have to deal with it,” Bakker said.”I think the umpires did a good job.”(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Germany to reach semi-finalsAlso see:last_img

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