The FIFA Club World Cup opener between Liga MX part Tigres and Ulsan Hyundai ended up being halted on Thursday as a result of balls that are under-inflated used during the match.
Shortly Both teams complained to referee Esteban Ostojich about the apparent softness of the ball on the pitch after the match — a 2-1 Tigres win — kicked off at Al Rayyan stadium in Qatar. Ostojich asked for a switch that appeared to end the matter, but after a throw in favoring the Asian champions, a ball that is different also deemed to have insufficient pressure.
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Following the second round of complaints from players, Ostojich halted the match for three-and-a-half minutes to ensure all balls were properly inflated in order to restart proceedings between Ulsan and Tigres, who made their Club World Cup debut following a win that is 2-1 LAFC into the CONCACAF Champions League final in December.
No further dilemmas had been reported.
Controversy surrounding under-inflated balls is absolutely nothing not used to sports fans that are american. Legendary quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games and his team — then the New England Patriots — was fined and draft that is docked for just what the NFL called “conduct harmful towards the integrity associated with the NFL” relating to your doctoring of game balls during a playoff game in 2014.
whenever Thursday’s match restarted, Kim Kee-hee’s opener for Ulsan into the minute that is 24th cancelled out by Andre-Pierre Gignac’s first-half brace, sending Tigres to the competition’s semifinal to face Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras on Sunday in a bid to make history. No CONCACAF team has ever made the Club World Cup that is final
Ulsan Hyundai will end their run within the competition into the match that is fifth-place also to be played on Sunday. The south Korean side finished sixth in 2012 after losing to Liga MX’s Monterrey as well as Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.(* in their only prior experience at the tournament