Simon Taufel has admitted that England were mistakenly provided an extra run by virtue of an overthrow during their nerve-racking World Cup victory over New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.
The bizarre incident took place during the last over of the game as a throw from Martin Guptill from deep midwicket ricocheted off Ben Stokes' bat, helping the ball towards the boundary line.
England were awarded six runs as a result of this freakish occurrence as the batsmen were in the process of completing the second run before the ball hit Stokes' wooden blade.
Requiring three runs from the last two deliveries, the hosts could scramble just two singles taking the final into the dramatic six-ball shootout where the scores were tied again.
Eventually, England became World Cup champions for the first time in their cricket history as a consequence of their superior boundary count.
However, former international umpire Taufel told Fox Sports Australia the on-field umpires had made an obvious error in judgment since the batsmen had not yet crossed for the second run when the throw was launched by the fielder.
"They should have been awarded five runs, not six," he said, pointing out that Adil Rashid should have been on strike for the penultimate delivery with England needing four of the final two balls.
Five-time winner of the International Cricket Council's Umpire of the Year award, Taufel also proceeded to defend Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena who supervised proceedings of Sunday's match.
The Australian felt it was unfair to blame the umpires and label their decision as impacting the outcome of the tournament.
"Unfortunately that sort of thing happens from time to time. It's a part of the game that we play," Taufel said.
"I don't wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again."
England were fourth time lucky in eventually tasting the success of a World Cup triumph after having participated in the finals of the 1979, 1987 and 1992 editions of the tournament.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, despite having done everything conceivable to prevent defeat against England, came second-best once again after having been beaten by Australia in the 2015 showpiece event.