Hockey World Cup: 12 Japanese players on the pitch, FIH investigates | Hockey News

BHUBANESWAR: In a bizarre incident on Tuesday at the Men’s hockey world cupthe Japan team had 12 players on the pitch when a set piece was taken in the dying moments of their Pool B game against South Korea, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Koreans .
If Japan had scored from their last corner, the match could have ended in a 2-2 draw with the unfair advantage of an extra Japanese player on the pitch.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) released a statement on the matter, saying they are “currently investigating” the incident.
“After the match, the FIH officials – who have not spotted this situation at the moment – spoke to the Japanese team who explained that they had not realized it at all and expressed their sincere apologies,” the FIH said.
“FIH officials also explained the issue to the Korean team” and the federation “is currently investigating the issue to determine how it happened.”
The win gave the Koreans their first World Cup victory. Japan, however, remain winless after two matches. The other two Pool B teams, Belgium and Germany, played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Tuesday to wrap up the day’s fixtures.
Belgium top Pool B on goal difference, but are level with Germany on four points from two matches.


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