A national youth football tournament ended with both India and Bangladesh being named winners, after officials initially tried to settle the tie with a coin toss.
In the SAFF Women’s U19 Championship final, India took the lead early on before Bangladesh pulled one back in stoppage time and, thus, sent the game to penalties.
With the shoot-out score tied at 11-11, officials then opted to conduct a coin toss to settle who would be named as winner of the tournament.
A video that appeared on Reddit showed the moment the coin was tossed and India were declared as winners.
The players and staff immediately burst into celebration while those in the Bangladesh dugout protested the official’s decision.
A national youth tournament ended with both India and Bangladesh being named winners
Officials opted to conduct a coin toss to settle who would be named as winner of the tournament, after the scores were locked 11-11 in a penalty shoot-out
India were initially declared the winners and ran off in jubilation after the coin toss
Bangladesh were left furious and argued with officials before the decision was overturned
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Furious coaching staff were seen arguing with the referee following the coin toss, with the fans in the stadium also voicing their frustrations.
However, following the arguing on-pitch, it was later revealed the decision to hand India victory was to be overturned.
Footage then showed players from each team sharing the trophy and that it had been ruled that both India and Bangladesh were joint winners.
It later emerged that there was no mention of a coin toss in the tournament by-laws and the match commissioner, De Silva Jayasuriya Dilan, ordered against the toss.
An AIFF source reportedly told PTI, ‘It was a good gesture from the All India Football Federation. We accepted the decision to declare both sides as joint winners’.