Within the second males’s Olympic Qualifier match in opposition to Canada in Vancouver in October 2019, Eire misplaced on penalties following a Canadian equaliser within the closing seconds of the sport.
The equalising aim got here from a penalty stroke which was awarded after the usage of a Canadian video referral. Within the speedy aftermath, Hockey Eire sought clarification from the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) on the arrange of the Video Referral system for the qualification sequence.
Specifically, Hockey Eire sought clarification from the FIH in relation to minimal requirements to make sure sufficient broadcast high quality in addition to the provision of a minimal variety of digicam angles on the play motion always to make sure supply of a sturdy Video Referral system. Up to now, the FIH has been unable to offer sufficient response to the queries raised. It’s Hockey Eire’s understanding that at current there are not any such particular rules/minimal requirements in relation to the setup and supply of the Video Referral system in hockey.
Hockey Eire are of the view that the published high quality and variety of digicam angles accessible in respect of the qualification sequence weren’t of a degree to facilitate Video Referral. Hockey Eire nevertheless, because of the dearth of rules in respect of Video Referral don’t have any grounds on which to problem the FIH in relation to the incident. Hockey Eire regrettably should subsequently conclude that they’ve exhausted all avenues in respect of a possible attraction relating to the end result of the sequence and the non-qualification of the lads’s crew for the Tokyo Olympic Video games.
Hockey Eire feels that minimal requirements for the usage of Video Referral should be launched as a matter of urgency and can look to work with different nationwide and continental federations and certainly, the FIH, to discover the problem. We imagine the FIH ought to fee an impartial assessment carried out by an exterior physique with cross sport experience within the supply of Video Referral expertise and procedures to make sure the event of minimal requirements to ensure the required high quality and consistency for the efficient use of Video Referral in hockey and mitigating in opposition to one other federation experiencing an analogous state of affairs.
From the outset, Hockey Eire has made it clear that it respects the choice of the Umpires and has by no means sought to problem this. The organisation, its gamers and administration have all instances carried out themselves in a measured method in response to this problem. Hockey Eire doesn’t condone any unfavourable response directed on the Umpires, nor can it’s held in any method liable for the response of the worldwide public on social media platforms.
Hockey Eire has conveyed to the FIH their disappointment on the method through which Video Referral was applied for the Olympic Qualification Collection, and particularly the way in which it was deployed on the Eire v Canada males’s matches in Vancouver, Canada. We’re notably upset for the Irish males’s crew who sacrificed a lot of their efforts to attain qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Video games. Hockey Eire want to thank the gamers for all of their efforts and, on behalf of all concerned in Irish hockey, take the chance to want the Canadian males’s crew and all groups taking part in subsequent yr’s Olympic Video games all the very best with their preparations and participation in Tokyo subsequent summer season.