Former Indian hockey star Merwyn Fernandes hits out at umpiring in Asia Cup final

Fernandes was referring to the umpire's decision to award a penalty corner to Korea following a tackle on a rival attacker by India's Rupinderpal Singh that led to the title-deciding goal.

updated: September 02, 2013 16:22 IST
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Mumbai: Hailing the Indian team's runner-up display in the 9th Asia Cup, former hockey international Merwyn Fernandes slammed the umpiring error in the final moments of the summit clash in Ipoh, Malaysia against Korea which cost them the title.

"It was a very impressive performance, especially considering that the coach (Roelant Oltmans) took over the reins just two months ago. The youngsters, like Mandeep Singh, Ramandeep and Nikkin Thimmiah, who replaced seniors like S V Sunil, did pretty well. But bad umpiring cost them the final," the three-time Olympian, Fernandes told PTI.

India, captained by Sardar Singh, lost to Korea 3-4 yesterday after making a fine comeback in the second half after trailing 0-2 at half time.

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