Sunday September 23, 2012
Nur Insafi lodge protest against umpiring
KUALA LUMPUR: Nur Insafi have lodged an official protest against the umpiring in the Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division.
Team manager S. Tatchana Murthy said: “All we are asking is for fair play from the umpires. They bring the game into disrepute when they are openly biased,” he said.
“I have no intention of pinpointing any particular umpires but the poor standard of umpiring has been a common grouse this season.”
The protest was filed after the match against Tenaga on Friday which ended 4-4. Nur Insafi, who led 4-1 at half-time, had threatened to walk out because of the umpiring and only continued under protest.
MHL tournament director V. Rajamanickam said they would meet today to discuss the matter.
“All I’m asking is for the technical officials to make a stand when the umpiring is bad. That way the umpires will realise their mistakes. There’s nothing wrong in educating them so that they will improve,” he said.
Rajamanickam said an umpires manager for the MHL was long over due.
“Last year, MHC decided to have match inspectors when there were issues with facilities. But we discarded the idea this year as only two venues were used for the Premier Division,” he added.