It’s KB Insurance again.
KB Insurance head coach Hoo In-jung strongly protested a call in the fifth set of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League men’s game against OK Financial Group at Uijeongbu Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do on April 24.
The incident occurred when KB Insurance was trailing 9-12. While OK Financial Group setter Kwak Myung-woo was setting, the referee pointed out an over-netting offense. It was a moment when KB Insurance was able to pull back to 10-12.
However, the decision was overturned after OK Financial Group requested a video review. After watching the video for a long time, the match committee and referee committee overturned the original decision and ruled that it was not an overnet. When the decision was overturned, Coach Hu raised his voice in protest. It was a loud ‘sajahu’ that could be heard throughout the gym.
After the match, it was confirmed that Hoo was not wrong. On the 25th, the Korean Volleyball Federation reviewed the call and concluded that the referee’s initial call was correct. In the still image, we can see that Kwak Myung-woo’s hand went slightly over the net. The criteria for an over-net is the position of the hand, not the ball. Although it is subtle, the hand is clearly over the net and in the opponent’s court space. In the end, the “misreading” of the call was confirmed and the two officials were suspended for two matches. The assistant referee was also suspended for one game.
For KB Insurance, this is a big disappointment. KB Insurance was in the middle of an 8-12 run. They were within two points of winning the game, but they were robbed of a point and a chance to gain momentum. The misread came at a crucial time. It could have changed the outcome of the game.
KB Insurance has been a victim of misreading calls before. Last season’s high-profile blown call also occurred at Uijeongbu Gymnasium. In that case, KB Insurance suffered losses because the match officials and referees did not properly check the opponent’s visible net touch. Even then, the federation admitted that the officials misread the call. The video of the coach’s furious protest went viral online, and the credibility of referees in the V-League plummeted.카지노사이트
A KB Insurance official said, “We’re not asking them to look at our game, we’re just asking them to look at it as it is, and I don’t know if that’s that difficult. The game is already over and we lost, but if you give a penalty, will it change the result? I don’t know why this keeps happening to our team,” he sighed.
After last season, the federation appointed Kim Se-jin as the head of competition operations and tried to reform the organization. He promised to restore trust by shaking up the competition committee and referees. However, the V-League lost the trust of its members after a series of misreading calls at the beginning of the season. The league is trying to improve issues such as refereeing and video review, but as it is a human job, it seems to be difficult to fill the holes.