The match commissioner De Silva Jayasuriya Dilan suddenly decided to toss to decide the title. The rules of football may have been blown out of the Sri Lankan man’s head. He may not even have read Saf’s ‘rulebook’. If there is a tie in the 5-point penalty shootout set in the tiebreaker, sudden death will be played. At this time, both teams started to take a penalty shot. The team that misses the penalty will lose.
There have been many instances in football history where sudden death has gone on for a long time. The longest tiebreaker in football history is 54 shots. That was not long ago. Although that game is not an international or top league. The match between Washington and Beddington was settled 25-24 in North-East England tenth level football. The top row football record is from 2005. In the Namibian Cup, the tiebreaker between KK Palace and Civics was decided 17-16. As such, the final tiebreaker between Bangladesh and India in the SAF Under-19 final is still tied at 11-11. But the Lankan match commissioner was in a hurry. He hastily decided to decide the title by toss.
Bangladesh protested. The coaching staff wanted to know from the match commissioner whether the rules of the toss to decide the title are clear or not. But he was firm in his decision. However, even after protesting, why did the captain of Bangladesh, Afida Khandkar, participate in the toss? There is a confusion about this.
The question arises, why did Bangladesh erupt in protest after India won the toss? A coaching staff of the Bangladesh team told Prothom Alo, “We were protesting the toss at that time. We asked the match commissioner about the law regarding the rules of the toss. But in the meantime, he called Afida to toss. Afeeda thought the toss seemed to be a sudden death restart. The whole thing happened very quickly. The match commissioner was in a hurry.
The Indian team naturally won the toss and reveled in winning the title. Amidst their festivity, the match commissioner realized his mistake and wanted to correct it. Wanted to ‘cancel’ India’s title win and do Sudden Death again. But by then it was too late. An excellent match turned into a controversial one. Galleries are in turmoil, organizers are unprepared. But this match could have been remembered for a great equalizing goal by Sagarika in the 93rd minute.
According to the prothomalo