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Women's World Cup 2015

loopdokter

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I'm kind of surprised and kind of not that this doesn't have it's own dedicated thread in here.

In an odd twist, our women's team is more popular than the men's team. The men can't sell out a stadium. The women? No problem. 53,855 in attendance and the women are through to the quarter final!
 

SneakyPete

TRIBE Member
In an odd twist, our women's team is more popular than the men's team. The men can't sell out a stadium. The women? No problem. 53,855 in attendance and the women are through to the quarter final!
Hard to cheer for the men's team when they haven't made the World Cup in almost 30 years.
 

JamesM

TRIBE Member
Interesting. She's the one who got the ref in the 2011 world cup to call all that crap against Canada.

FIFA must ban Abby Wambach for comments:
Canadian star Christine Sinclair was banned for similar

TORONTO - When Christine Sinclair questioned referee Christina Pedersen's integrity amid a controversial semifinal loss to the United States during the 2012 Olympics, Canada's best player was issued a four-match ban for “unsporting behaviour.”

With that precedent in mind, there's no reason why American striker Abby Wambach shouldn't receive an identical punishment for recklessly blasting French referee Stephanie Frappart following Monday night's Women's World Cup second-round win.

In the aftermath of the Yanks' 2-0 win over Colombia at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, Wambach was asked to address Frappart's decision to caution a pair of Americans – Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday – who were both booked earlier in the tournament, meaning they'll miss a quarterfinal matchup against China in Ottawa this Friday.

The Americans could meet France in a World Cup semifinal early next week if Les Bleues dispatch Germany.

"It's definitely a great question," Wambach responded to reporters post-game, according to Reuters. "I don't know if they were yellows. Who knows?

"It seemed like she was purposefully giving those yellows to the players she knew were sitting on yellows. I don't know if it was just a psychological thing. Who knows?"

Wambach's comments mirror what Sinclair said of Pedersen three years ago after the Norwegian official whistled a rare six-second call against Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Pedersen then awarded the U.S. a controversial penalty kick seconds later in an eventual 4-3 extra time loss to the Americans.

"We feel like we didn't lose, we feel like it was taken from us," Sinclair said at the time."It's a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started."

FIFA never explicitly said what Sinclair received a lengthy ban for, but her treatment of officials during and after the match undoubtedly factored in.

As both Sinclair and Wambach's comments appear to indicate premeditation on the part of an official, there's no reason Wambach should continue in this World Cup if FIFA's disciplinary committee remains consistent.

Wambach, who has scored more goals than anyone at the international level, is no stranger to controversy.

The 35-year-old led a coalition of female players in a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association late last year, alleging Canada's all-turf stadiums constituted gender discrimination. The group dropped that erroneous lawsuit in January.

It should be noted, of course, that Canada was the only nation to bid for the 2015 World Cup after Zimbabwe dropped out of the race due to ongoing political and economic strife.

The Toronto Sun reached out to U.S. Soccer officials for comment Tuesday morning but has yet to hear back.
FIFA must ban Abby Wambach for comments: Larson | WORLD CUP | Soccer | Sports |
 

JamesM

TRIBE Member
omg the English girl just scored an own goal in extra time to send Japan through.

The english FA better take care of her because that's so awful. omg.

She's going to live that everyday like Baggio.

Poor girl. Talk about unfortunate luck :(
 
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JamesM

TRIBE Member
you can see from the replay, she was trying to clear it from the opponent which was right next to her.

This is just totally brutal. She made the right play.
 

JamesM

TRIBE Member
That's your footballing worst nightmare come true. Thankfully they're going to tell her they might have lost in extra time/penalties anyway.

Phew.
 
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