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No apology from Canadian star
by Paul Kennedy, October 15th, 2012 11:36PM

TAGS:  canada, fifa, olympics


[SINCLAIR SUSPENSION] Canadian star Christine Sinclair accepted her four-game ban for her actions critical of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen after the epic USA-Canadian Olympic women's soccer semifinal. But an apology? No way.

"I've said it before -- I don't regret what I said," Sinclair told reporters in a conference call on Monday afternoon. "We had just lost the chance to play for an Olympic gold medal and that's a dream that all of us had."

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 to reporters. "It's a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started."

But the suspension, according to the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), was not for those comments but other undisclosed comments "made in a public setting" after the game.

Sinclair's four-game suspension will be served in Canada's next four friendlies. It has no official matches until the 2015 Women's World Cup it will host. The Canadian Soccer Association will pay her fine.

"I'd like to acknowledge FIFA's decision and say that it is my intent to accept it," she said. "As a player, I just want to be able to move on as well as allow my team to move on as we prepare for the biggest three years ever in Canadian women's soccer history. Obviously hearing the suspension and the fines, I'm disappointed but I'm ready to move on. Ultimately, if it means me missing a couple games at the start of 2013, it's not the end of the world."

Sinclair admitted she still can't watch replays of the game in which she scored a hat trick to give Canada the lead on three occasions.

"I still can't watch the game against the U.S.," she said. "it's still a touchy subject. It was an emotional time and it got the best of me."

  1. Futbol Genio
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 9:13 a.m.
    Game hubris long after a game where Both sides squandered many, and Canada did not adjust to rising pressure, shows some immaturity. USA lost to Japan shorties, & Norway, & Germany over time, and with calls being what they were, and USA did not continue to be immature or rude. El pito termina el juego...gane antes que el pita termina el juego!
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 9:24 a.m.
    Sinclair was suspended four games for complaining about the officiating to the referee after the game, not for her post-game interview comments about the officiating. When FIFA decides to sanction all players (like Cristiano Ronaldo, and others) for complaining to officials about their calls in a similar manner, I will take them serious. For now, FIFA remains a corrupt self-absorbed organization that does not accept criticism about itself. If FIFA was truly serious about improving the quality of the game it would invest some of the billions of dollars it rakes in every year into goal-line technology that has been available for years. Unlike the overpaid EuroPros, Christine Sinclair plays for the love of the game. Her complaints about the sub-standard officiating were based in pure competitive spirit and not in fear of losing millions in endorsements because her team lost. A lot of male players have had worse tirades against referees with less or no repercussions than Christine Sinclair. FIFA = inconsistency. Follow the dollar.
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.
    Mauricio Barreiro, I question your use of the term "Japan shorties". This appears to be a slur of some sort and not appropriate for this or any other soccer forum.
  1. Carl Grover
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
    I certainly agree with you Mauricio! Ken I don't think he meant it as a slur. They are short but they sure can play because of their determination and skill.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
    It's funny that people still consider short stature as an inferiority in soccer when Spain and Barcelona won every thing with short players. Grow up! or should I say: "Shrink down"?
  1. Reuben Valles
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 1:39 p.m.
    Everyone, "shorties" is a term for chics. Its a word used in alot of rap songs ect and even used by Dan Patrick on his radio show. Shorties refers to woman and chics
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.
    I just google-searched "shorties" and found this in Urban Dictionary, "it's an African American slang term for kids." there are few usages for this term but, for some reason, none is quite appealing to me and I am not short.
  1. Paul Roby
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 2:34 p.m.
    The Japanese play the best and most attractive soccer in the women's game today. There's no place for insulting them in any way, and "shorties" is a slur, without question, however it was "meant".
  1. Sam Rogers
    commented on: October 16, 2012 at 9:52 p.m.
    I can see why Sinclair was upset at not being able to play for a gold medal. She should save most of her criticism for her teammate and goalie. McLeod held the ball way too long too many times and then compunded it all by lying about it. Sure it is an offense that is almost never called but it is also an offense that is never committed in as an egregious way as the way Mcleod did. Sinclair impugned the integrity of the referee and in doing so, disgraced herself and her nation.

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