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England claim Indian penalties were a drag
The Independent reports that England are not happy with two of the Indian penalty strokes in the decisive barrage in Monday's semi-final match – claiming the strokes were 'dragged'.
"Two of their penalty goals shouldn't have been given because they dragged the ball," the England's Richard Alexander lamented at pitch-side. "You can't do that. I can only assume the rules have changed.
"It's not as if we're trying to make something out of nothing here. It's hard when you feel like you've lost to someone breaking the rules. We are all very emotional. We invest our whole lives into this and some players sacrifice their whole careers to play this sport and it's a hard thing to take," said the Surbiton star.
England lost the penalty shootout, and the semi-final, 5-4.
Countless FIH and national association umpires' briefings in recent years have included the phrase: "... allow the stroke if it looks natural – even if there is a minor drag..." This is clearly an area that is open to interpretation.