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This incident will be thoroughly reviewed: FIH ‘apologises’ for clock error in India women’s semi-final loss

Australia's Rosie Malone missed her first attempt but was awarded another chance as the eight second countdown hadn't started.

Tanishq Sharma Author

Published on - 6 August 2022 6:02 pm

The women’s hockey semi-final between India and Australia witnessed a clock howler during the penalty shootout that led the crowd to mock the technical officials on Friday late night. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday ‘apologised’ for the error in the match.

Indian women’s hockey team and Australia tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time which resulted into the penalty shootout. During the shootout, Australia’s Rosie Malone missed her first attempt but was awarded another chance as the eight second countdown hadn’t started. The Aussie didn’t make a mistake second time and scored the first penalty for her team.

“In the semi-final match of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games between Australia and India (Women), the penalty shootout started mistakenly too early (the clock was not yet ready to operate), for which we apologise,” FIH said in a statement.

“The process in place for such situations is that the penalty shootout has to be retaken, which was done. This incident will be thoroughly reviewed by the FIH in order to avoid any similar issues in the future,” the statement added.

Following the clock error, Team India eventually lost 3-0 in the penalty shootout in the women’s hockey semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Meanwhile, Indian men’s hockey team will take on South Africa in the CWG 2022 hockey semifinals.

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