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'A minimum of six camera angles': FIH releases further comment on Ireland's Olympic penalty controversy in Canada

Hot topic: Ireland captain Jonny Bell debates the video review decision with the match umpire
Hot topic: Ireland captain Jonny Bell debates the video review decision with the match umpire

The International Hockey Federation has made further comment on Ireland's Olympic qualifying controversy.

Mark Tumilty's side were denied a place at Tokyo 2020 in the most heart-breaking of circumstances, undone by a last second video umpire decision, giving Canada the chance to win on penalty strokes.

Canadian James Wallace went over in the circle under an attempted tackle from Ireland's Lee Cole.

Video umpire Diego Barbas poured over the replays before making the controversial decision to award the hosts a penalty stroke.

Based on the one angle shown in the FIH's TV coverage, figures from across the globe weighed in to lambast the decision, with Grant Schubert, one of Australia's Olympic gold medalists from 2004, labelling it 'shocking'.

However, the FIH has responded by confirming that a minimum of six camera angles, under the Olympic qualifying regulations, had to have been made available to Barbas.

It has also emerged that Mr Barbas was undertaking the video umpire role in an FIH game for only the second time.

The sport's governing body has released the following statement:

"A minimum of four camera angles are required in order to have a video umpire referral process in place for FIH events. For the FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers however, this number was raised to a minimum of six cameras. It is worth pointing out that the video umpire has access to camera angles which may not be on the live broadcast."

The Belfast Telegraph has asked the FIH how many camera angles were available in Sunday's game and whether any additional angles of the incident will be made available to the public.

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