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#301 DonLever

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

The Referee God must be in USAs corner again as two potential penalty kicks in the US penalty box was not called. A hand ball was not called and a Japan player was pulled down with no penalty given.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:55 PM

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

meh whatevs.

Canada's was a bigger accomplishment because it was so unexpected. to come back and win bronze after the mental anguish of the semi is huge. the impact on sports in our country will be huge too.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:30 PM

The Referee God must be in USAs corner again as two potential penalty kicks in the US penalty box was not called. A hand ball was not called and a Japan player was pulled down with no penalty given.


Not only was she pulled down, the US defender had her arms wrapped around her and Solo drove her knee into her.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:34 PM

Not only was she pulled down, the US defender had her arms wrapped around her and Solo drove her knee into her.


Great representatives of gold medal holders, eh? Perfect role models for little US soccer thugs in the making.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:05 PM

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

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What a terrific photo!! .. I will have that one on my wall along with the original sketch of John Lennon and the Garnet Rogers concert poster .. thanks for that .. :)
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:37 PM

What a terrific photo!! .. I will have that one on my wall along with the original sketch of John Lennon and the Garnet Rogers concert poster .. thanks for that .. :)

Nice! No problem.
Anyone wanting more pics can find them on the FIFA website: http://www.fifa.com/...st.html#1678080
Be warned: There are Team USA pics there as well <_<
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

Canadian Girls Kick A$$.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:17 PM

Backlash over Team USA’s Nike gold medal t-shirts
http://blog.sfgate.c...medal-t-shirts/

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:46 PM

I didn't like that at all.

This is the Olympics, not the Superbowl. So tacky.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:26 AM

Wow a horrible display of sportsmanship. Tacky ass shirts.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:32 AM

And Americans wonder why they're so disliked...
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:39 AM

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just watched the in-studio interview with Brian Williams. At the end Christine Sinclair thanked everyone back home in Canada for all the support *tears* I say, no.............thank you Christine and the entire team for a heartfelt effort, inspiring Canada to cheer and shout and have passion for our own, for kicking ass, for showing the world just how tough and resilient Canadian women are.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

FYI: pages A6 and A7 of today's Globe and Mail have a full sized version of that ^ pic
Great poster/keepsake so make sure you grab a copy if you're interested!
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

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LOL, I only just realized those were photoshopped...
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

In case anyone's interested:


Christine Sinclair suspended four games for Olympic incident

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has been suspended for four games and fined $3,500 for an incident at the London Olympics.

FIFA, the sport’s governing body, opened an investigation into undisclosed events after Canada lost its semi-final against the United States, a 4-3 loss marked by questionable calls from Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen. FIFA’s disciplinary committee was to weigh the case last Friday.

According to a release distributed by the Canadian Soccer Association on Friday, Sinclair was being punished by FIFA “for displaying unsporting behaviour towards match officials after the match.”

Sinclair has stood by comments she made after the loss in London, including this one: “It’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.”

FIFA has not made it expressly clear which incident it was investigating, and whether the comments had anything to do with it.

Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the CSA, declined comment when reached by phone on Friday. Sinclair did not immediately return a telephone message.

“No further information will be available from the Canadian Soccer Association or media interviews granted on this decision until such time as those reasons for judgment are received and reviewed by the Canadian Soccer Association,” the release stated.

http://sports.nation...ympic-incident/
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

Seems a little steep but it's not like FIFA can publicly bash Christina Pedersen. As long as we don't see her at any more major tournaments we'll know this was worth it.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:59 PM

What a joke.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

In case anyone's interested:


Christine Sinclair suspended four games for Olympic incident

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has been suspended for four games and fined $3,500 for an incident at the London Olympics.

FIFA, the sport’s governing body, opened an investigation into undisclosed events after Canada lost its semi-final against the United States, a 4-3 loss marked by questionable calls from Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen. FIFA’s disciplinary committee was to weigh the case last Friday.

According to a release distributed by the Canadian Soccer Association on Friday, Sinclair was being punished by FIFA “for displaying unsporting behaviour towards match officials after the match.”

Sinclair has stood by comments she made after the loss in London, including this one: “It’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.”

FIFA has not made it expressly clear which incident it was investigating, and whether the comments had anything to do with it.

Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the CSA, declined comment when reached by phone on Friday. Sinclair did not immediately return a telephone message.

“No further information will be available from the Canadian Soccer Association or media interviews granted on this decision until such time as those reasons for judgment are received and reviewed by the Canadian Soccer Association,” the release stated.

http://sports.nation...ympic-incident/


This makes me sick.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:19 AM

FIFA is a becoming a total joke.

The reffing is even worse than the NFL replacement refs.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:36 AM

Cowardly decision by FIFA. They chose not to suspend or discipline at the time - under the spotlight - for good reason - the official stole the spotlight and in all likelihood changed the result of what was otherwise a classic game. The appropriate time to make a decision was then, face the scrutiny and questions of their accountability, not attempt to defer to an more opportune time, ie wait until they think no one is watching. Revisiting this at this point is extremely weak and the optics of it just make the whole episode even more suspect.

p.s. very impressed by the women's performance regardless - what an outstanding effort - and if anyone earned the right to speak her mind, it was Sinclair. "Unsporting behaviour" FIFA says....ironic.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

So I'm not really up on the rules for this...

Could Soccer Canada arrange for some international friendlies and have Christine sit them out, so she doesn't have to miss anything important like WC qualifying?

BTW: I still think she did the right thing. If you roll over and play dead on garbage officiating, nothing will ever change...
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:37 PM

I totally sympathise with the Canadian women's team in this affair but the one thing that Christine said ("the ref decided the result before it started") simply cannot be tolerated by any sporting governing body since it is the same as saying "the match was fixed". This one sentence was an incredibly stupid thing to say, the rest was right on IMHO. It WAS indeed a travesty of officiating but you simply cannot say that the governing body fixed the match and get away with it. I feel that FIFA deliberately delayed this decision so as to not alter the outcome of the tournament for which we as Canadians should be grateful, but anybody with a brain could have predicted some sort of suspension for her comments. Sad story all around.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:31 AM

I totally sympathise with the Canadian women's team in this affair but the one thing that Christine said ("the ref decided the result before it started") simply cannot be tolerated by any sporting governing body since it is the same as saying "the match was fixed". This one sentence was an incredibly stupid thing to say, the rest was right on IMHO. It WAS indeed a travesty of officiating but you simply cannot say that the governing body fixed the match and get away with it. I feel that FIFA deliberately delayed this decision so as to not alter the outcome of the tournament for which we as Canadians should be grateful, but anybody with a brain could have predicted some sort of suspension for her comments. Sad story all around.

I agree for the most part, however the outcome of the tournament was altered. Just not by FIFA. (Unless you believe that providing an incompetent referee is a sign of complicity)
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:32 PM

So she gets 4 games and the ref is found to be not good enough to ref at the higher/highest level of soccer.
This only makes sense if FIFA lets the ref continue to work those level games, thus the suspension backs their belief in their official.
But to suspend the player and demote the ref is just goofy.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:27 AM

Sinclair deserving of FIFA wrist slap


Like an episode of Seinfeld, it was a conference call about nothing.

To summarize, the Canadian Soccer Association and Christine Sinclair, speaking via telephone hookup Monday which, judging by the sound quality, was conducted in the bottom of a rain-barrel - Neil Armstrong's "one small step for man" was more audible, and he was on the moon at the time - said that everybody supported everybody else and yes, they would pay the fine and she would do the time.

So calm down, everyone. It's 3,500 Swiss francs including processing charges ($3,670.10 Cdn), not even the last dime of which will come out of Sinclair's pocket, and it's four games in China and/or Cyprus in January and February that will have zero impact on the Canadian team's preparations for the 2015 women's World Cup.

That it took two months for the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to render its decision, with no new evidence to consider, is probably the most irksome part of the debate.

But the fine? The sentence? The principle of the thing? There's nothing wrong with any of them.

Even if Sinclair, the fabulous 29-year-old Burnaby striker has had nothing but support from the CSA and the entire Canadian Olympic team, and all her coaches and teammates and fans, there's no getting around it: she did cross the line in her remarks about Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen after Canada's 4-3 heartbreaking overtime loss to the United States at the Summer Olympics.

The CSA's press release said FIFA's punishment of Sinclair was "for displaying unsporting behaviour towards match officials after the match," which indicates there may have been something more than just her comments to the media.

That FIFA didn't suspend Sinclair on the spot, disqualifying her from the bronze-medal game, was an eloquent statement about the kind of job they knew the referee had done and a tacit admission that the Canadians had every right to be upset.

But even if it was just the public comments, the difference between "It's a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started" - Sinclair's words to reporters - and "the game was fixed" is pure semantics. The referee is the one with the whistle, who can make it happen if the fix is in. If she has already decided the outcome before the first ball is kicked, what else would you call it? No self-respecting league or federation is going to allow a suggestion of game-fixing to go unchallenged.

In fact, the most newsworthy utterance to come out of Monday's conference was right at the end when someone pressed Sinclair about whether she still believed what she said in the heat of the moment that day at Old Trafford in Manchester, after a series of controversial calls by Pedersen robbed Canada of a victory over their heavily-favoured U.S. rivals.

It took two tries to get her to say it, but she finally did: "No," Sinclair said, "I don't ultimately believe she went into the match hoping the U.S. would win."

Sinclair said she has never once been asked to apologize for her remarks. Presumably, if she had, the next day or the day after - and if there had been nothing beyond the quotes in the media - FIFA might have written it off to bad judgment and there'd have been no suspension. It was partly because there was no regret or remorse expressed that the world body got its back up.

"I don't regret what I said," Sinclair said Monday. "We'd just lost a chance at playing for an Olympic gold medal. It was a very intense time and I was very emotional, and I wouldn't want to change that.

"Right now, I'd just like to acknowledge FIFA's decision and it is my intent to accept it. I, as a player, just want to move on, and allow my team to move on, as we prepare for the biggest three years ever in the program's history."

The CSA said it has asked FIFA for its "reasons for judgment" and expects those to arrive within a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see whether they are made public.

Sinclair is among the two or three finest female soccer players in the world, has carried Canada on her back for a decade or more, and has pretty much every admirable quality you could ask for in a leader and captain. She's combative, creative, unselfish, opportunistic and rises to the occasion effortlessly.

In standing up for her wronged teammates with a fiery post-game reaction, she was doing exactly what a captain ought to do.

But the corollary to the captain's unwritten compact, after "I said it, I stand by it," is: "and I'll accept the consequences, because I believe it had to be said."

She and the CSA and the COC didn't appear willing to accept the consequences. If it took two months for FIFA to hand down its punishment, it also appears to have taken that long for Sinclair and the CSA to admit they had some coming.

Anyone who thought there would be none is irretrievably lacking in objectivity. Now it's arrived - and it's minor, in the grand scheme.

"It's not really the biggest deal," Sinclair said. "It's a good opportunity for our team. I know John (Herdman, the national women's coach) wants to try some younger players and there's no better chance than international games against some of the best teams in the world."

The Olympics are over, and she played the bronze-medal match. The women's World Cup is nearly three years away, and anyway Canada is prequalified as the host nation. She'll sit out a few meaningless friendlies, and life will go on.

Forty lashes with a wet noodle.

Court is adjourned.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

Too bad she is suspended. The CanMNT could really have used her out there today ;) ..... :(
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:17 PM

The women's team should play the men's team for an exhibition, I wonder who would win
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