Tikteknu: today's summary clip in sports, 9.1 (Sport1)
The referees union admits this morning (Monday) that the match referees were wrong last night in their decision in favor of Maccabi Tel Aviv during the dramatic victory of the yellows over Hapoel Haifa after two overtimes.
Maccabi Tel Aviv won 104:108, but one decisive move caused controversy: it was when Roman Sorkin was blocked by Reiman from Hapoel Haifa.
The referees tried to check whose ball went outside, but then they discovered that the block was illegal and gave a basket to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The meaning: although "justice will be done", it is against the constitution.
With all due respect to justice, there is a constitution.
Maccabi Tel Aviv enjoyed the free kick (photo: Danny Maron)
"Moshe Biton, chairman of the professional committee of the referees' union, together with the referee of last night's game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Haifa Yair Michaeli, analyzed the incident of the ball being blocked by Rayman from Hapoel Haifa 13 seconds before the end of the second overtime and this is their message:
1. The referees identified the block on the field as a legal block and whistled for an offside in favor of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
2. Due to doubt about the offside and in accordance with the constitution, the referees went to check on the monitor who the player touched the last ball on the field, and whether the clock stopped in time when the ball went out.
3. While waiting for the broadcast on the monitor, A doubt arose among the judges about the block and whether it was legal. Watching the monitor, it was clearly seen that the block was illegal (putting the hand through the net of the basket to block the ball), and as a result, the judges decided to approve the basket.
4. Although the judges' decision apparently does justice to the events on the field, according to the constitution the judges had to act differently: the constitution regarding the monitor (in all establishments), does not allow checking this type of violation (illegal blocking of the ball or interference with the flight of the ball), Unless there was a whistle for a violation and that only in the last 2 minutes of the game/every overtime.
5. Therefore, with all the difficulty and complexity of discovering on the monitor a critical event that was not whistled on the field, in this event, since no violation was whistled on the field, it was not possible to check and correct the decision regarding the blocking (even if the referees had decided to check it after the whistle was blown and before going to the monitor).
Accordingly, it is also not possible to accept a coach challenge in such a situation.
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6. It is important to emphasize that there are cases where according to the constitution it is possible to check on the monitor even if there was no immediate whistle on the court, such as: 2 or 3 points, clock malfunctions, unsportsmanlike fouls, melees, a basket scored after a 24-point violation in the last 2 minutes.
There are also cases according to the constitution, that even though they go to check one thing on the monitor, if they discover another illegality on the monitor, they must fix it.
As for example when checking if a basket at the end of a quarter was caught in time, the basket must be disqualified if the seven-shot monitor reveals the player who threw the basket through the outside.
The constitution is complex (also in this matter), and there are different rules for different specific cases, which of course we must remember and apply correctly on the field.
7. In conclusion, in the case in question the judges were wrong in applying the constitution.
The Union of Judges regrets this mistake and will work with all judges to learn the necessary lessons from the incident, with the aim of ensuring correct and accurate application of the Constitution in such complex situations.
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