Following the Final of the men's Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016, FIH would like to clarify the process of protest which took place following the end of the match.
After the shootout between Australia and India had concluded, India lodged an official protest regarding an unintentional foul by the India goalkeeper that led to a team referral by Australia and a retake of this shootout. India believed that the foul had taken place after the eight seconds of shoot-out time had expired.
After reviewing the incident on video with a timeline, it was concluded by the Technical Delegate that the infringement took place within the eight seconds allowed. As a result, the protest was rejected, therefore the result of the shootout stood. This was all in-line with FIH Tournament Regulations.
Immediately after this decision was made and subsequently accepted by India, Australia were presented with the Hockey Champions Trophy and gold medals, and India the silver medals, in an off-field presentation.
Speaking about the events that took place, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said: "First and foremost we would like to thank both Australia and India for graciously accepting the outcome of this decision. Their sportsmanship on the pitch was further evident off it during this official process. We would also like to apologise to all of the fans in the stadium and watching on TV around the world. Due to the timescale involved they were not able to witness the Trophy presentation following what was a thrilling Final. As a result we will be looking at ways to minimise such delays in the future."
Timeline of events:
Match ended: 21:57
Time of protest: 22:25
Protest decision given: 23.04
Decision accepted by India: 23.05