Monchengladbach — England men were left in the dark following the late series of video umpiring stoppages which marred the ending to the men’s EuroHockey final, ending with the Netherlands securing not only the defence of their title but the all-important ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The Netherlands were leading 2-1 when Phil Roper’s goal was disallowed and the on field umpire and video umpire conversed for around five minutes before a penalty stroke was given. Nick Banduark was left inconsolable at the final hooter following his two misses from the penalty stroke spot.
“I don’t want this to gloss over what’s been a really good final and one of the longest there’s been,” said captain David Ames, “but it’s frustrating when you come into the tournament and told by the umpire managers you have to do everything that’s instant, arguably within 10 seconds.”
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