Despite being played five days ago, the match between the hosts Noliko Maaseik from Belgium and Russian side Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the 2018 CEV Champions League Playoffs 12 does not stop to intrigue the public. The reason is a failure of a video challenge system and a highly controversial decision of the first referee Mirko Janković from Serbia that followed it.
Lokomotiv asked for a video challenge at 28-28 in the third set, claiming the ball has touched the block after the hit of Aleksey Rodichev. Although it was clear the ball really touched Maaseik’s block, the sign on the graphics said “No touch”.
The technology obviously failed, but Lokomotiv players and their coach Plamen Konstantinov wanted from the umpire to award the point to them because of the obvious. But no, the ref gave the point to Maaseik. As a result of the protesting, Konstantinov got red-carded and Maaseik earned another point – a match point!
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