Bernhard Peters, coach of the German team, rejected suggestions that his team's goalless draw with Korea was orchestrated to keep the Netherlands out of the semi-finals of the 11th FIH men's hockey World Cup on Wednesday.
"We had a tough match yesterday, and we were little afraid of the Korean counter-attack. We did have two good chances in the first-half but wasted them. As far as I am concerned, Germany have topped the pool and that is what matters to us," he said while answering persistent questions on whether the two teams were involved in a "fixed" match.
The Korean team officials were not available for comments and did not meet the media even 30 minutes after the match.
The draw helped Korea and Germany to advance to the semi-finals with 11 points apiece, leaving the Dutch on 10.
Meanwhile, Els van Breda Vriesman, President of the International Hockey Federation, when contacted by PTI, said she had no comments to offer on the match that she watched from the stands.
"It is a pity," was her repeated response.
The last time a similar incident occurred was in the 1994 World Cup at Sydney when Germany and the Netherlands played out a goalless draw that knocked India out of contention for a semi-final spot.