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The judges' union confirms: "The confirmation of Roman Sorkin's basket - wrong" | Israel today


One of the dramatic moments in Maccabi Tel Aviv's victory over Hapoel Haifa at the end of two overtimes, occurred about 13 seconds to the end after the refereeing team determined that Will Reiman's blocking of the Israeli forward's shot was illegal - which caused a great uproar among the Red Club

The game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Haifa that ended last night (Sunday) with the victory of the Yellows after two overtimes with a score of 104:108, included moments of great drama but also a wrong refereeing decision in the final seconds.

This morning, the referees' union confirmed that the approval of Roman Sorkin's basket in one of the dramatic moments of the game - was wrong.

Moshe Biton, the chairman of the professional committee of the referees' union, together with the game critic Yair Michaeli, analyzed the incident of blocking the ball by Will Reiman from Po'el Haifa, 13 seconds before the end of the second overtime, and after analyzing the events determined that the referees were wrong in applying the constitution.

"While watching the monitor, a doubt arose among the judges about the blocking and whether it was legal. Upon viewing it indeed appeared that it was not legal and as a result it was decided to approve the basket. Although the decision seemingly did justice to the exciting events, according to the constitution the judges had to act differently."

The official announcement also states that as far as the monitor is concerned - the constitution does not allow checking this type of violation, unless there was a whistle for the violation and that only in the last 2 minutes of the game/the entire overtime.

Therefore, since no foul was whistled on the field, it was not possible to review and correct the decision regarding the blocking.

"In conclusion, in the case in question the judges made a mistake in applying the constitution. The judges' union regrets this mistake and will work with all the judges to learn the necessary lessons from the incident, with the aim of ensuring correct and accurate implementation of the constitution in such complex situations," the message reads.

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Source: israelhayom

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