FIFA to hold hearing over Sinclair’s comments

Christine Sinclair's comments after semi-final loss to USA under review

Canadian striker Christine Sinclair awaits FIFA ruling 

Canada forward Christine Sinclair was scheduled to have her FIFA disciplinary case heard on Friday over critical comments that she made in regards to the refereeing after losing to the United States at the London Olympics.

Canada was defeated 4-3 in heart-breaking fashion back on Aug. 6 in the semi-finals. The United States went on to win gold, and the Canadians walked away with Bronze.

The Canadian players were infuriated that Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen gave goalkeeper Erin McLeod a yellow card for time wasting in the 80th minute.

The ensuing free kick led to a penalty in the box, which was converted by Abby Wambach, sending the match into extra time.

Alex Morgan struck home the winner in the final seconds to clinch the match, breaking hearts across the country.

In one of the best performances by a Canadian in the history of the Summer Games, Sinclair scored a hat trick against the top-ranked USA squad.

The Canadian flag bearer also set an Olympic record with her six goals during the tournament, leading Canada to its first team-sport medal in over 75 years.

After the match, Sinclair was quoted as saying the team felt “cheated.”

FIFA says its disciplinary committee will examine charges of “unsporting behavior” against Sinclair.

Criticism of the refereeing was a concern throughout the soccer competition at the Olympic games.

The Spanish Football Federation recently disciplined Spanish midfielder Iker Muniain for his actions after Spain’s 1-0 loss to Honduras.

Muniain confronted the referee after the match, and the Spanish Federation has now removed him from consideration for national duties unless he issues a public apology.

While Canada Soccer wouldn’t dare do anything similar to its superstar, FIFA is notorious for its hard-nosed view on those who disobey their strict rules.

A panel that remains unnamed will make FIFA’s judgment, and its decision will be final.

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By: Manu Mand
Posted: Oct 5 2012 9:49 pm
Filed under: Soccer Sports