Updated: 17/06/2012 22:04 | By pa.press.net

Nalbandian disqualified at Queen's final



Line judge Andrew McDougall (© right)

Line judge Andrew McDougall (right) was injured when David Nalbandian (centre) kicked an advertising board into him

David Nalbandian has been disqualified from the AEGON Championships final against Marin Cilic after kicking an advertising panel in to a line judge's leg.

Nalbandian won the first set on a tie-break but reacted angrily after being broken for the second time in the second set. Having just lost the seventh game Nalbandian fiercely kicked an advertising board in front of line judge Andrew McDougall's chair.

The board smacked into the line judge's shin and a caused an inch-long bloody gash. Referee Fergus Murphy then awarded Cilic the match, and the championship, disqualifying Nalbandian for "unsportsmanlike behaviour".

Nalbandian was apologetic, going over to McDougall but following consultation with ATP supervisor Tom Barnes, the match was abandoned. The crowd booed and chanted "play on", but the decision was final and Cilic was handed the crown.

Tournament official Chris Kermode told BBC1: "We're in the middle of a wonderful final and David Nalbandian ran across and in frustration kicked a panel underneath the linejudge. The panel went into his leg and cut it - he's quite seriously injured. The game has ended with a code violation.

"David is struggling to come to terms with it. He clearly regrets what happened - but these things happen... But there's not a lot we can do about it. We are under the governance of ATP rules." He added: "You'd like to think you can bend the rules but if you allow it (the game to continue) it sets a precedent."

Cilic appeared embarrassed to win the championship in such a manner and Nalbandian looked sullen in his chair while watching the Croatian parade the winning trophy.

Nalbandian told the Queen's crowd afterwards: "I am very sorry. Sometimes you get very frustrated on court. Sometimes I make a mistake I agree with. It's a tough moment to end a final like that but sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP playing so many tournaments.

"Today I've made a mistake. Sometimes I agree and I do but everyone makes mistakes. I don't feel it had to end like that - especially in a final. There are a lot of rules and sometimes they don't do anything. The rule book is very big and I can tell you the ATP do a lot to the players and nothing happens."

Cilic said: "It was very bitter. It's definitely not the way I wanted to win. To end like this is not easy. The match was getting hot and it's tough to see the final finish like this. I can't change it, but I'm really sorry for the fans that it finished like this."

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17/06/2012 17:24
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His reaction afterwards to try and pass the buck was shameful. The incident was a mistake but my thoughts are with the poor line judge not the idiot Nalbandian.

People like him and the grotesque Serena Williams need to grow up and take responsibility..better still don't do it in the first place!

Never saw such actions from true legends such as Roger, Rafa and Steffi, these 3 know that part of being a classy player is also in your conduct.

Personally, I think Serena should have been banned for 6 months and Nalbandian for 3 months..that way this type of prat behaviour will disappear from professional tournaments

17/06/2012 22:45
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All these so called sports men that throw tantrums like this guy should take a leaf out of the rugby players book! Rugby is a more aggressive sport but you dont see them having a go at the ref or rolling about on the floor when they get injured! They also dont get paid as much as footballers or many other sportsmen! This guy should not only be disqualified he should be banned from taking part in another tournament for the rest of the season! This would send a message to the rest of the players on tour this behaviour is totally not acceptable! Referees should also get to grips with these football players that back chat, roll about like theyve been shot and also stop the raising of their arms to fend off other players! the games gone mad 
17/06/2012 16:53
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Disqualified, be lucky if he doesn't end up getting arrested , what a ****
17/06/2012 17:15
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Now that's what I call setting an example to good behaviour and showing the children of this world the right way to react at decisions against you. 

No wonder there is so much violence today.  What happened to a sport which had dignity and showed a respectful image.

I didn't realise Tennis had more finesse to it

17/06/2012 20:17
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Love the comment "but sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP playing so many tournaments".  He chooses to play and take the money, so don't blame the ATP because he had a temper tantrum because he was losing!
17/06/2012 19:45
17/06/2012 17:18
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why all the argument.the ref.could make no other descision! If this was ignored what comes next? booting your opponent mabe? where would it stop? Shooting him?
17/06/2012 22:36
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I dont care if you killed the line judge you are not getting the Falkland Islands back so there....
17/06/2012 22:22
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Bad tempered spoilt prat...a huge fine and a three tournament ban would bring his ego down a peg or two. Thuggish behaviour deserves more than a slap on the wrist that this 'star' will no doubt get.
17/06/2012 22:15
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About time these over paid sportsman were brought into line for bad mannered, childish behaviour! The message is you can't behave like that - it doesn't matter who you are! And as far as the unforunate people paying loads of money - blame Nalbandian not the ATP officials, they got it right! A big hand for decency as the winner for once!
17/06/2012 20:07
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All of us, no matter what age we are, suffer from frustration when things don't go our way, but we deal with it.  We tell our children that old adage 'if at first you don't succeed....' etc.  so if your child turned round and kicked something which caused an injury, intentional or not, to another person, you would punish your child.  NO adult, top sports person or not, should be allowed to exhibit this behaviour and expect it to be tolerated because they are stars in their field, under pressure and made a 'mistake'.  If he was my son, he would now be siting on the naughty step for his behaviour, and for some time too!
17/06/2012 16:57
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I understand the players frustration, and when he kicked the board he probably wasn`t expecting it to be loose and just layed on to the ground, and subsequently flying up and injuring the line judge. But rules are rules, and it even though Cilic was awarded the win, it`s still a hollow victory and we all lost out to a good game.
17/06/2012 18:49
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i'm fed up with the continuing misuse of the word "mistake" by sportspeople who lash out, politicians caught with their fingers in the till and public figures who think ordinary people beneath them. A mistake is an inadvertent act brought about by confusion or misunderstanding.

 

It commonly seems to mean in "Celeb--land" "act about which I have no remorse but am ticked off about people making such a fuss".  

17/06/2012 21:01
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if you cant stand the heat.get out the kitchen.A good sportsman would never get upset like Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton.  Rooney take note
17/06/2012 22:18
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BAN HIM JUST BAD SPORTSMANSHIP...........NO NEED FOR ANY OF THIS  BAN IT NOW 
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Gorge, of course its going to hurt you daft prat,
Try smacking yourself in the shin with a peice of 3x2 and tell me it aint going to hurt,,,,you daft penis

 

17/06/2012 19:42
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Nalbandian showed a lack of discipline and sportsmanship which then does not set a good example for all the young people watching. For him to kick anything  which could obviously harm someone/thing else shows an undesirable side to his nature. We all get frustrated and annoyed with situations, however if we reacted as he did, most of us would end up in court!! Then for him to criticise ATP rules beggars belief!!!! You did wrong Nalbandian - very wrong. Make apologies to everyone; buy the line judge a very nice present; shut up and learn some control.
17/06/2012 18:28
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An accident can be forgiven bad temper from a tennis player who does not seem to know that he has crossed the line can not.
17/06/2012 18:25
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These are Professional players and set an example to the youngsters coming in to the game. They have a duty to themselves and their sport by behaving professionally and by controlling themselves in a suitable manner. Yes they can be frustrated but they have to get on with the game and act accordingly, within the rules set down by the ATP. No excuses, a sad way to end a major tournament but the correct decision was made otherwise a precedent would have been set that would gradually erode the rules that have been set. Professional footballers are the worst offenders. The referees are not always right but they do not shout and argue and fall about as if felled with an axe when tackled. More should be done about their unsprtsmanlike behaviour. A referee is there to control the game and the players should obey even if they think it unfair. They are professionals and paid handsomely for it. Acting like spoilt children should be punished severely until they learn to obey the rules and the referee. That is what rules are for otherwise anarchy rules and that is to be avoided at all costs.
17/06/2012 19:59
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So,once again a sportsman(?) who gets paid an obscene amount of money for knocking a ball about throws a hissy fit when things don't go his own way and then sulks when the officials punish him using the rules by which he,and every other player,are supposed to abide . . ah,diddums!!
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