INCHEON, Korea — Philippine taekwondo officials said the punch thrown by Masoud Hajizavareh of Iran on Samuel Morrison that ended their semifinal match was an illegal hit, but Filipino coach Roberto Cruz could not ask for a video review because he has already used his appeal allocation on an earlier protest.
The match was stopped in the second round when Morrison went down after getting hit on the neck, a blow that referees ruled unintentional although the Filipinos thought otherwise.
“Wala na akong blue card. Gusto ko sana i-reklamo, pero hindi na magagawa dahil wala na akong blue card,” Cruz said.
Cruz said Morrison complained of pain and numbness in the left part of his neck, nape, and his whole left arm.
“He complained about pain on the left part of his upper body and he should be monitored,” said a member of the medical team to the Philippine secretariat of the 17th Asian Games in the Athletes Village.
Cruz said the illegal blow should have resulted in a point deduction on the Iranian fighter, who won 5-1.
“Sabi lang ng referee, hindi daw intentional. Pero tingin namin, mukhang intentional ’yung ginawa ng Iranian,” said Cruz, also known as Kitoy in the taekwondo community.