Local fans angered by Christine Sinclair suspension
Canada's Christine Sinclair, middle, celebrates her third goal against the USA with her coach John Herdman, left, in the women's semifinal soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford in Manchester on Monday. ANDREA COMAS - REUTERS
Local fans of Christine Sinclair have taken to social media to express outrage over the captain of the bronze-medal-winning Canadian women’s soccer team being handed a four-game suspension.
“Wow. FIFA really sucks,” tweeted Kristablle13 from Vancouver.
The Burnaby native was suspended and fined by FIFA for her comments following Canada’s loss to the U.S. in the semifinals at the London Summer Olympic Games.
Sinclair is expected to address reporters Monday.
“FIFA needs to get over it,” wrote Jessica Cheung, another Vancouver Twitter user. “Yeah Christine Sinclair made some negative comments, can’t blame her though. The refs were ... unfair.”
The U.S. won the game 4-3 but the Canadian women were furious over a call made by referee Christiana Pedersen of Norway that led to the tying goal in the 80th minute.
''We feel like we didn't lose, we feel like it was taken from us,'' Sinclair, who scored three goals in the match, told reporters after the game. ''It's a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.''
FIFA said Sinclair displayed ''unsporting behaviour toward match officials."