Women's Professional Soccer Commissioner Tonya Antonucci
suspended Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach
for one game for her tackle on the St. Louis Athletica's Daniela
Sunday at Maryland SoccerPlex that left the
Brazilian star with damage to two knee ligaments and a cracked tibia. Athletica defender Kia McNeill
was also suspended for "persistent egregious conduct
toward" Wambach during the game, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
Wambach was given a yellow card for the foul, which sent Daniela to the ground and was so painful she lost
consciousness, but the WPS Disciplinary Committee did not impose any further penalties. Antonucci reviewed the incident and assessed penalties based upon conduct that is detrimental to the best
interests of WPS.
"I elected to review the circumstances of the Freedom-Athletica match out of concern that the nature of play, if left unchecked, could lead to circumstances in
future games that might pose a threat to the safety of the players and to the integrity of the league," Antonucci said in a statement.
She also said the circumstances of the
match would be brought to the attention of the U.S. Soccer, which provides referee assignments for WPS matches, and "that serious consideration be given to avoiding these circumstances when
making future referee assignments."