Fury as referee ends penalty shootout to determine winner of cup last by coin toss
A referee sparked controversy as she stopped a penalty shootout to as a substitute determine a cup last on a coin toss.
India confronted Bangladesh for the South Asian Football Federation Under-19s Women’s Cup, with the match ending 1-1 after 90 minutes. There was additionally then nothing to separate them within the shootout as all 22 gamers scored their spot kicks.
“Now the players will take again,” mentioned the commentator, as is commonplace apply. But the officers bizarrely known as each groups over to the sidelines earlier than inviting the captain’s for a coin toss.
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India accurately known as the 50/50 determination and wheeled away in celebration, whereas the Bangladesh supervisor and squad furiously protested the injustice. Ironically, extra cash have been thrown on from the stands by indignant followers too.
The poor confused commentator summed up everybody’s ideas as he exclaimed: “Honestly in all these years of watching football and commentating this is the first time I’ve witnessed a match finish on a coin toss.”
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The unprecedented scenario then rumbled on for the most effective a part of two hours because it was finally determined the 2 groups can be declared joint-champions, with each lifting the trophy.
A spokesperson from the All India Football Association (AIFF) informed native outlet PTI: “It was a good gesture from the All India Football Federation. We accepted the decision to declare both sides as joint winners.”
The AIFF performing secretary-general additionally informed The Hindustan Times: “India, despite being declared winners after the spin of coin, decided to accept the officials’ request for sharing the trophy as the situation was simmering and a section of the home fans was found indulging in creating disturbances.
“Since the safety of the gamers and different staff officers is our utmost precedence, the AIFF determined to conform to the request of the organisers.”
Quite where the referee got her novel approach from remains a mystery. While it is rare for shootouts to go all the way back to the start, it does happen every now and again – with the longest being non-league Washington beating Bedlington 25-24 in March 2022.