Korea left the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam on Saturday to prepare for a Champions Trophy final against the Netherlands. Today they face a bronze-medal playoff against New Zealand after an overnight appeal by Argentina.
The appeal rested on how the tournament regulations for ranking teams tied on points were interpreted. It was widely assumed that only results from the medal/relegation pools (which include a result carried forward form the initial pool) would be taken ito account. Korea certainly thought they had done enough to make the final by only losing 2-0 to the Netherlands on Saturday.
Argentina appealed that the regulations should be interpreted as applying to all games played in the tournament. This interpretation was supported by the appeal jury. Argentina, having a better tournament record than Korea, are in the final.
FIH Comminication below:
AMSTERDAM – The final day schedule at the Rabo FIH Champions Trophy has been changed following a protest and successful appeal by the Women’s National Team of Argentina.
At issue were the final standings in Pool C at the Rabo Champions Trophy based on wording in the FIH Tournament Regulations. Under appeal it was determined that Argentina should be ranked second in Pool C and Korea should be ranked third.
The change in ranking means that the gold medal game will feature Netherlands against Argentina, while the bronze medal game will feature Korea against New Zealand.
The Tournament Director denied the initial protest by Argentina, which led to an appeal by Argentina and a Jury of Appeal being assembled.
At issue was section 3.6 of the Champions Trophy regulations which states:
Teams will be ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated in the competition both in the Preliminary Round Pools (see Clause 2.1 of this Appendix) and Pools C & D. If there is equality between two or more teams, then the teams involved will be ranked according to Clause 2.2 of this Appendix on the basis of the total points for all matches played in the tournament.