Field hockey at the 1972 Summer Olympics
The field hockey tournament at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the 12th edition of the field hockey event at the Summer Olympics.
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
|Dates||27 August – 10 September 1972|
The West German victory was the first title by a European nation since 1920, but was marred by the behavior of Pakistani players, fans, and officials.
In the last ten minutes of the gold medal match, the umpires had to stop play twice so that Pakistani fans who had run onto the pitch could be removed, while their players and officials repeatedly remonstrated with the umpires.
At the final whistle, Pakistani fans and officials invaded the pitch and assaulted West German police and stadium security before storming the tournament officials' table and pouring a bucket of water over International Hockey Federation president Rene Frank, while the players destroyed their locker room.
At the medal ceremony, the Pakistani players refused to wear their silver medals or face the West German flag as it was raised, and turned their backs as the West German national anthem was played.
The eleven Pakistani players were banned for life from their national team, but after a high-level apology, the ban was reduced to two years, and eight of them played at the 1976 Olympics.
Ninth to sixteenth place classification
Fifteenth place game
Thirteenth place game
Eleventh place game
Ninth place game
Fifth to eighth place classification
5–8th place semi-finals
Seventh place game
Fifth place game
Bronze medal match
Osvaldo Pensosi (ITA)
Bernard Valette (FRA)
Gold medal match
Horcaio Servetto (ARG)
Richard Jewell (AUS)
- West Germany
- Great Britain
- New Zealand