Referee Nigel Llong damaged a door in the referee's room at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru during the last game of Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 4 May. Since then, Llong has paid for the repairs and the matter has been reported to the Board of Trustees.
It is understood that Llong kicked the door after a controversial finish for the first round, which included a no-ball final-over that was canceled bowling from Umesh Yadav, although replays suggested that delivery was legal. After delivery, Llong had an argument with Virat Kohli and Umesh when the giant screens on the floor showed that the launcher had not passed. Llong, however, did not change his decision despite protests from both the player and the captain. The incorrect decision effectively added five races to the total Sunrisers, with the final extra delivery of the turn being struck by four. The error, however, did not damage the Royal Challengers, having won the match with four balls to spare.
He then returned to the Referees' room when the incident occurred. Although damaged and crumpled, the door glass did not break. The nature of the incident, however, forced the Karnataka State Cricket Association to report the matter to the Committee of Administrators after consultation with game V-referee Narayan Kutty.
"It was an unfortunate incident," KSCA Secretary R Sudhakar Rao told ESPNcricinfo. "He made a wrong decision without a ball in the match, and Virat went and talked to him, and Umesh also talked to him. After the first round, there was a crack and a dent in the door, but the glass did not break, fortunately.
"After the game I found out and met the match referee. I talked to him and we had an argument, and I reported the matter to the CoA.
"He paid us Rs 5000 for damages, he was civilized about it, but he did damage, so we had to charge him." He did not complain about that.
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