Professional volleyball men’s Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen expressed regret over the judgment on the court, but showed a generous attitude after the game.
Korean Air won a complete set score of 3 to 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) in the second leg of the championship match against Hyundai Capital in the men’s division of the Dodram V League in the 2022-2023 season held at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on the 1st. In the best-of-five championship match, both the first and second games were won, leaving only one win to win.
“We did our job,” coach Tillikainen said after the game. “There were regrettable parts in the process, but winning was important.” “The players overcame the burden,” he applauded.
The result was a clean shutout victory, but a somewhat controversial decision was made during the game. In the tense situation of 12-12 in the 3rd set, a video was read to see if Jung Ji-seok, who blocked Park Sang-ha’s quick attack, made a defensive touch.
However, the decision was not overturned and the match proceeded to a replay. However, the Korean Air players showed their concentration as if they were stimulated by this decision and won the third set 25-22. In response, head coach Tillikainen praised the players, saying, “We used the energy from that situation in the right direction.” 스포츠토토
Regarding the judgment at the time, he rather showed a wide tolerance for understanding the referee. “Not everyone can be perfect,” coach Tillikainen said. “Players make mistakes and everyone makes mistakes.” Sports can’t always be fair. We just have to do what we can control,” he said.
He added, “I will never protest the judgment at this place,” and added, “I have no intention of protesting until the referee becomes an AI (artificial intelligence). I can’t help it because it’s a human job.” It is interpreted that he will refrain from commenting after the game even if he protests against the decision on court.
Korean Air, which has only one win left until the championship, will play the third round of the championship match against Hyundai Capital at the Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do on the 3rd. Coach Tillikainen raised his voice, saying, “We have to start with the thought of starting over. It will be the most important game.”