The Canadian Soccer Association have released details yesterday that they have received notification by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that Christine Sinclair has been suspended for 4 matches and fined.
The decision was made because the FIFA Disciplinary Committee believed that Christine Sinclair’s behaviour during the London 2012 Olympic semi-final match played between Canada and USA, was unsporting behaviour towards match officials.
The Canadian Soccer association have requested reasons for this judgement and no further information will be available until such time as those reasons are received by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and have been reviewed.
The incident followed a very dramatic semi-final match at the London 2012 Olympics, the game was obviously very heated and full of emotion as both teams battled for a place at the final.
The Canadian team and fans were unhappy with some of the decisions in the match, including an incident where the Canadian keeper was penalised for handling the ball for longer than six seconds. The resulting free-kick was taken inside the penalty area and bounced off the arm of Canadian defender Marie-Eve Nault, this led to a penalty kick awarded to USA, which they converted.
Christine Sinclair scored a hat-trick in the match but it was a late Alex Morgan goal that gave USA the victory, the USWNT then went on to win the Gold medal.
Following the game, Sinclair was quoted as commenting “We feel like we didn’t lose, we feel like it was taken from us, it’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.”
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