PETALING JAYA: Under the laws of badminton, it is stated that an umpire shall call a let to halt play if the server serves before the receiver is ready. There is also a rule stating that an umpire shall take to the referees all unsatisfied appeals on questions of law only. And such appeals must be made before the next service is delivered or, if at the end of a game, before the side who appeals has left the court. A highly rated Malaysian umpire, who held credentials with the International Badminton Federation (IBF), felt that in the incident that marred the All-England men's doubles final, the umpire Jane Hancock should have called a let in favour of Malaysia's Lee Wan Wah. “Prior to the disputable call, Wan Wah was given a let when he claimed that he was not ready to receive a serve from (Jens) Eriksen,” said the former official, who asked not to be named. “Eriksen took the serve again and put the shuttle in the net. And when Wan Wah again put up his hand (signalling that he was not ready yet), the umpire would have thought that he was trying to take an advantage. That was probably why she did not allow Wan Wah's appeal to be heard by the tournament referee. “I watched the match and I saw that Wan Wah did not make any attempt to return the serve. If I were the umpire, I would have given Wan Wah a let and then cautioned him. “I would tell him that I expect him to be ready after I have called the scores. “I think that the umpire went a little overboard. “Instead of taking three steps, she took two. It is the job of umpires never to allow a player to take an advantage over a server or a receiver.” He added that if either the player or his team official protested against an umpire's decision, the referee would have to step in. “If Wah Wah was dissatisfied with the umpire's decision, he should not resume play until a decision is made by the referee,” he said. “It was at a crucial point of the match and I believed that the referee should have called a let.” Another former international umpire said that an umpire who erred in judgment could face sanctions from the IBF.