Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh gets FIH reprimand for outburst against referees

Coach Harendra Singh had blamed poor umpiring for India’s ouster at the 2018 Hockey World Cup, saying the FIH seriously need to address the issue as his side has been on the receiving end of poor onfield decisions twice this year.

The International Hockey Federation has officially reprimanded India’s chief coach Harendra Singh for his outburst against onfield referees after the home team’s quarterfinal loss to the Netherlands at the 2018 men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.

The reprimand was handed down to Singh after he and India’s analytical coach, Chris Ciriello, were called for an official hearing by the FIH on Saturday.

Seeking a first title in 43 years, India lost 1-2 to the Netherlands in the fourth and last quarterfinal, crashing out of the tournament in front of a packed Kalinga Stadium on Thursday.

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Soon after the defeat, Singh blamed poor umpiring for his side’s ouster, saying the FIH seriously need to address the issue as his side has been on the receiving end of poor onfield decisions twice this year.

The India coach’s vitriolic outburst didn’t go down well with the FIH, with its technical delegate Christian Deckenbrock terming it “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”

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“The FIH Technical Delegate has decided that India’s coach Harendra Singh committed a breach of the Code of Conduct (Level 1.2.k: Public criticism of, or inappropriate public comment in relation to an incident at the press conference following the match between India vs Netherlands,” the FIH said in a statement on Sunday. “As a result of this breach, Harendra Singh received an official reprimand. The FIH Technical delegate indicated that the statements from India’s coach at the press conference regarding umpires were unacceptable.”

The world body further said that this official reprimand will be recorded by the FIH and can be taken into account if Singh breaches the code of conduct at a future event.