[WPS] Women's Professional Soccer's disciplinary committee has suspended Atlanta Beat goalie Hope Solo for the first game of the 2011 season, issued a fine of $2,500 and given her eight hours of community service for her tweets critical of the refereeing in Saturday's season finale against Washington.
After the last-place Beat's 1-0 loss to the Freedom, the U.S. national team goalie tweeted, "Its official, the refs are straight bad. Its clear the league wanted dc in playoffs. I have truly never seen anything like this. Its sad. A goal taken away with no explanation, one offsides call against dc, many against atlanta. An amazing all ball tackle for a red. We play with 10, DC with 12. Players punched in the face. Free corners. I am done playing in a league where the game is no longer … In control of the players."
Solo, who can appeal, was upset that referee Kari Seitz disallowed a goal in the 59th minute for a foul by a Beat player on Freedom star Abby Wambach on a free kick played into the penalty area.
Solo's tweets had gotten her into trouble last month when she apologized to Boston fans for not signing autographs after the game because the Breakers were an organization that "blatantly disrespect[ed] the athletes that come to play" and asked that they "take a stance to the profanity, racism and crude remarks that are made by their so called 'fan club.'"
While the Breakers and Beat in a joint statement acknowledged that inappropriate comments were made by unidentified individuals, they weren't organized or coordinated by Boston's Riptide supporters group.
Solo is most famous for ripping then-U.S. national team coach Greg Ryan after she was dropped for the semifinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup, which the USA lost to Brazil, 4-0.