Ipoh, Malaysia: India fought valiantly before losing 4-3 to defending champions South Korea in the final of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Sunday and the players feel that a bad umpiring decision at the fag end of the match cost them the title. (Match report | Match in pics)
Australian umpire Murray Grime awarded Korea a penalty corner just two minutes from the hooter when Rupinderpal Singh tackled a Korean forward inside the circle, but the Indian players feel it was wrong judgement by the umpire and the tackle was a clean one. (Match highlights)
"The last penalty corner which Korea got was wrongly given. By no chance it was a penalty corner. It was a clean tackle from Rupinder, but the umpire debated that he deliberately did it," an Indian player said on condition of anonymity.