Cwg 2022 India Vs Australia Womens Hockey Semifinal Penalty Shootout Controversy Explained Refree Cheating


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The Indian women’s hockey team lost to Australia in the semi-finals at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Friday. Team India did a great job in the semi-finals. After going 1-0 down for the first three quarters, the Indian team bounced back in the fourth quarter and Vandana Kataria scored 1-1 in the 49th minute. Indian defenders stood ready in front of a strong team like Australia, while the forwards continued to attack. The result ended in a penalty shootout after the score was tied 1-1 at full time. The Indian team had to face ‘foul’ in the penalty shootout. Actually, Indian goalkeeper and captain Savita Poonia had saved the first shoot, but the timer could not start. After this Australia got a chance to take the same shoot again. On this his player did not make any mistake and scored the goal. The Indian team could not recover from this and lost 3-0 in the penalty shootout. However, the incident of non-starting of timer has created outrage among Indian fans and they are accusing the International Hockey Federation (FIH) of dishonesty.

In this video see what happened in the first shootout-
Not only this, the commentators also criticized this decision during the match and said that what is the fault of Team India in this. However, this broke the morale of Team India and the Indian team lost 3-0 in the shootout. Even Joard Marijne, the former coach of the Indian women’s hockey team, could not believe the incident. He expressed his disappointment over the referee’s decision on Twitter and wrote – Incredible.


In front of a strong team like Australia, the Indian defenders showed a great game throughout the match. Defenders did not allow Australia to counter attack. At the same time, India’s forward also performed well in the last quarter. Came back from Vandana’s goal and pushed a strong team like Australia for a penalty shootout. However, the Indian team was broken by a foul in the end. Captain Savita was seen crying after the match. Everyone was expecting gold from the women’s team. Both teams get five tries each in a shootout. In hockey, the first penalty stroke was awarded in a shootout, but in the new rule, the player has to bring the ball from a distance of 26 meters to the goalkeeper by dribbling for eight seconds and then scoring the goal with his skill. During the shootout, two officials from the technical team stand near the goal post.

One of them has a stopwatch in his hand. As soon as the eight-second timer starts on the stopwatch, the second official on the technical team lowers his hand to signal to the referee to start the shootout. The referee then tells the player taking the shootout to proceed. The Indian team was considered to have the upper hand in the shootout, because Team India’s goalkeeper and captain Savita Poonia is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Australia’s team was given the first chance of a shootout. As soon as the Australian players dribbled near India’s goalpost, Savita did not allow them to score while showing a great game.

If a team like Australia is prevented from scoring in the first shootout, then it boosts the morale of any opposition team, but here something reversed which changed the course of the match. Actually, the referee decided to start the shootout without seeing the technical team, while the technical team had never signaled to start it by dropping hands.

As soon as the shootout starts, the official of the technical team also signals to stop the referee, but by then the Australian player has moved ahead with the ball. Later when a member of the technical team tells this to the referee, the referee asks to retake that shot.


As can be seen in the video, as soon as the Indian team starts celebrating after Australia’s not scoring a goal after the first shootout, the referee approaches the Indian team and they said that this attempt will be considered invalid, because which is eight seconds. Time is given, that timer doesn’t even start. After this, the coach of the Indian team on the field, Shopman and the rest of the players are also seen arguing with the referee that what is the fault of Team India in this.
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However, the referee does not listen to the Indian team and Australia would have got to do the first shootout once again. On this the Australian player scores a goal and takes a 1-0 lead. This is where the morale of Team India breaks down. The Australian players score in three shootouts and the Indian team is unable to score in a single shootout attempt. Thus Australia wins the match 3-0 in a shootout. After this incident, there is a lot of criticism on social media from the referee and the International Hockey Federation. Equally, commentators and Commonwealth Games experts have also asked the International Hockey Federation (FIH/FIH) to look into the matter seriously. Indian fans on social media have also accused the referee and FIH of dishonesty. He says that how can such a big negligence happen in an important match like the semi-final of a big multisport tournament like Commonwealth Games. At the same time, a social media user wrote that what if he had scored a goal? Do the referees still not score goals?


Indian fans also say that why such carelessness happens only in India’s matches. Actually, once in the past also the Indian team has suffered such a case. The Indian men’s hockey team was up against Germany in the bronze medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The match was at a turning point as India took a 5-4 lead over Germany. The timer stopped at the last minute of the match and then started on its own after some time. Germany had benefited from this and they got more time. Germany got a penalty corner with six seconds left.

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Although Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh did not allow Germany to score with a brilliant save and the Indian men’s hockey team won a historic bronze at the Olympics, questions were still raised at the FIH. In such a situation, this incident with the Indian women’s hockey team in the Commonwealth Games has disappointed the Indian fans a lot. Along with this, a question mark has been raised on the International Hockey Federation. The Indian women’s hockey team had to bear the consequences of not starting the timer.



Indian players cried after losing the match against Australia. Captain Savita Poonia had tears in her eyes when she was asked questions after the match. However, he said that it is part of the game and we cannot do anything about it. Management has to see this. At the same time, the coach of the Indian team, Schopman, clearly criticized the organizers. He said that such incident should not happen. That one incident broke our morale and we lost. Next we have to play the match for bronze and rekindle the courage among the Indian players who have lost their morale.

Coach Schopman said after the match- I’m not using it as an excuse, but you know when your goalkeeper makes a defense it boosts the morale of the team. You reverse the decision. The team is really upset about this. I’m sure the team’s attention was a little off after that and that’s not an excuse, just a simple fact.

Schopman said- It affected our speed. There was a goal in the retake and everything fell apart. People think that this will not affect the game, but it does. Our emotion is also associated with this game. I am also angry because even the umpires don’t understand it. The Aussies weren’t complaining because they knew they missed the goal. He easily got ten more seconds to score. Why would he leave it?

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Schopman said – I think the FIH and the representatives of these sports do not understand the game and the emotions that are involved in it. I have never experienced anything like this during my playing time and now in my coaching career. This is sad. However, official response from FIH is awaited. The Indian team will now play a bronze medal match against New Zealand on Sunday. At the same time, the Australian team will face England in the final. The Indian women’s hockey team has so far won two medals in the Commonwealth Games. In 2002 the team became the champion, while in 2006 the team got the silver medal. At the same time, the men’s hockey team will take on South Africa in the semi-finals today.

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The Indian women’s hockey team lost to Australia in the semi-finals at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Friday. Team India did a great job in the semi-finals. After going 1-0 down for the first three quarters, the Indian team bounced back in the fourth quarter and Vandana Kataria scored 1-1 in the 49th minute. Indian defenders stood ready in front of a strong team like Australia, while the forwards continued to attack. The result ended in a penalty shootout after the score was tied 1-1 at full time.

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