Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

In a startling turn of events during the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup match between Japan and Korea, 12 Japanese players were reportedly present on the field of play triggering a row. 

As per the FIH guidelines, a maximum of 11 players can remain on the field of play. However, FIH officials could not spot the 12 players during the passage of play. After the matter came to the fore, FIH officials spoke to the team. 

The FIH issued a clarification saying that the Japanese team extended their apologies citing that they hadn’t realised it at all. 

While the Korean team has been informed, the matter is currently under investigation, the FIH said in a statement. 

As per the FIH, the final result of the match (KOK-JPN 2-1) remains unaffected.