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Brits Protest Late Malaysian Equalizer

July 26, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Britain’s field hockey team was furious a late Malaysian goal was allowed to stand in a 2-2 tie Thursday as the 1988 titlist was left looking for its first victory in the Olympic tournament.

The British team came back from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead on goals by John Shaw and Callum Giles.

Two minutes from the end, Malaysia was awarded a short corner and British manager David Whittle asked the umpire to stop play so that he could send on a substitute goalkeeper. The request was denied and Malaysia’s Maninderjit Magmar Singh scored the equalizer.

British players, led by captain Jason Laslett, surrounded the umpire demanding to know why he ignored the rules. Whittle considered filing an official protest, but decided against it.

The result meant Britain now has tied all three games, while Malaysia (0-1-2) earned its second point.

In another pool B game, South Korea and South Africa tied 3-3. The South Africans (0-0-3) are tied with Britain for third place with three points and the Koreans and Malaysians (both 0-1-2) each have two.

The top two teams in the group, 1992 silver medalist Australia and the Netherlands, who also had three points, met later Thursday.

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