[SINCLAIR SUSPENSION]The controversy surrounding the USA's 4-3 win over Canada in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympic women's competition won't die any time soon. Christine Sinclair, who scored all three Canada goals in the game, was handed a four-game suspension Friday for her criticism of referee Christiana Pedersen.
According to FIFA regulations, suspensions from an incident in an official match typically carry over to the next set of games in an official competition, but since Canada will host the 2015 Women's World Cup and have no official matches between now and then, Sinclair's suspension will be served in Canada's next four friendly games.
Sinclair was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for "displaying unsporting behavior towards match officials" after the game.
Sinclair and her teammates and coaches were upset that Pedersen called Canada goalie Erin McLeod for timewasting on a play late in the game that led to the tying U.S. goal.
"We feel like we didn't lose, we feel like it was taken from us," Sinclair said after the game. "It's a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started."
Sinclair wasn't the only one to level criticism against the call.
Canada coach John Herdman said “it felt like it was America and the referee against” the Canadians. “She’ll have to sleep in bed tonight after watching the replays, she’s got that to live with,” he said. “We’ll move on from this, I wonder if she’ll be able to.”
Forward Melissa Tancredi told Pederson after the call: "That’s ridiculous. I hope you can sleep tonight and put on your American jersey because that’s who you played for tonight."
The CSA did not indicate that any action was taken against Herdman or Tancredi, who stepped on U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd during the game without being punished.
The CSA said Sinclair would hold a press conference on Monday. Reaction out of Canada was swift:
Tweeted TSN analyst Jason deVos, "Christine Sinclair fined and suspended four matches by FIFA for 'unsporting behaviour'. Insert joke about FIFA here..."