Controversy mars hockey finale

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 08,2018

 
 

Two Chinese umpires speak to a Bangladesh Navy official during the Premier Division Hockey League Super Five match between Mohammedan SC and Mariner Young’s Club at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. — New Age photo

The winners of Premier Division Hockey League were left undecided as the final match between Mariner Young’s Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club could not be finished due to a foul play of both the teams on Thursday.
Two Chinese umpires refused to continue the match and left the field at 6:27pm after 44 minutes of action due to the erratic behaviour of the teams.
Mohammedan needed only a draw to win their first league title in six years but Mariners had to win to take the title race into three-team play-offs involving their day’s opponents and Abahani Limited.
Mohammedan took the lead in the very third minute when Indian forward Gurjindar Singh hit the back of the net after Russell Mahmud Jimmy’s initial attempt was blocked by a Mariner defender.
Mariners levelled the margin in the 44th minute when Shafiul Alam Shishir found the back of the net following a long push by Rezaul Karim Babu outside the striking circle.
Umpire initially blew the whistle for a goal but later asked for a video referral after the objection made by the Mohammedan players.
Mariners protested at umpire’s decision of asking referral, claiming that there was no option for the umpire to ask referral according to the bylaws.
Players and officials of both sides got involved in an argument following the controversial decision prompting the umpires to leave the field momentarily.
Few minutes later both umpire returned to the field and kept their previous decision and gave 10 minutes to both the sides to warm-up for the restart.
Now Mohammedan protested and refused to play.
Later Mohammedan agreed to play after finishing the 10-minute break and umpires decided to resume the game.
But this time Mariners refused to play claiming that umpires failed to resume the game after 10-minute time and they did not blow the final whistle according to the rules.
After the development both the umpires left the field for the second and final time, leaving the match incomplete.
Meanwhile, in the other match of the day, Sonali Bank ended their campaign with a 5-1 win against Ajax Sporting Club to finish fourth.

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