MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The governing body of soccer is considering disciplinary action over blistering comments made by Canada’s coach and players following a loss to the United States in the semifinals of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.
FIFA says it will analyze the remarks by the Canadians, who were upset with the referee over a call rarely seen. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod was whistled for holding the ball too long, starting a sequence that led to the Americans’ tying goal late in the game.
The U.S. won 4-3 in extra time.
Canada forward Christine Sinclair said afterward that “the ref decided the result before the game started.”
U.S. forward Abby Wambach revealed Tuesday that she subtly lobbied for the call by counting out loud when McLeod had the ball.