The biggest blow-up comes in the wake of the U.S. women’s epic 4-3 win over Canada in soccer Monday.
At issue was a delay-of-game call against the Canadian goalkeeper and a hand ball on the ensuing free kick that resulted in a penalty-kick goal for the U.S., tying the score at 3-3 and sending the game into overtime, where the U.S. won with a dramatic last-minute goal.
“We feel like we got robbed in this game,” Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod said. “The referee said I had the ball for ten seconds. She obviously counted the time I was on the ground with the ball. Once I got to my feet I calculate I only had the ball for five seconds. … the referee was very one-sided.”
Canadian team captain Christie Sinclair was equally blunt: “We feel like we didn’t lose. We feel like it was taken from us. It’s a shame in a game like that, which is so important, that the ref had such an impact on it. We feel cheated.”
Canadian coach John Herdman was furious.
“The ref, she will have to sleep in bed tonight after watching the replays. She’s gonna have to live with that. We will move on from this. I wonder if she will be able to.”
But American star Abby Wambach said the controversy was much ado about nothing.
“There was a few other times throughout the game that [McLeod] held it for 18 seconds, 10 seconds,” Wambach said. “And the referee had warned her before to play quicker. It’s the referee’s call. I feel like you can’t blame something on the referee.”
U.S. coach Pia Sundhage wasn’t shedding any tears for the Canadians either. Asked if she felt sympathy for her opponent after the controversial calls, Sundhage had a one-word answer: “Nope.”
Meanwhile, a water polo referee has apologized to Spain for blowing a call that cost the Spaniards a match against Croatia.
Boris Margeta was banned from officiating any more Olympic games after he allowed the Croatians a goal that shouldn’t have counted.
At least he’s owning up to his mistake.
“It was very bad,” Margeta said in an interview with TMZ. “After I saw the replay I knew I made a mistake. My apologies to Spain’s team.”
Spain, at least, will live to fight another day for the gold. They finished third in their bracket and moved on to the quarterfinals.
Not Canada, though. The U.S. will play Japan Thursday for the gold medal, while Canada plays France for the bronze.