Soccer fans who tuned into today’s women’s soccer semifinal between the U.S. and Canada were treated to a full-on battle. After the U.S. tied it up at 3-3 in the 80th minute of play, the game went into double overtime, where Alex Morgan finally broke the tie in the 123rd minute with a header. Morgan’s last-minute goal will take the U.S. into the finals this Thursday to face off against Japan for the gold medal.
Canadians were proud of their team’s effort and were understandably disappointed in the final result. Some, though, were angry. Not with their team, but with the referee. They are convinced that the ref, Christiana Pedersen, had it in for Canada, and may even have been colluding with the U.S. Among the questionable calls was the decision to award the U.S. a penalty kick that wound up resulting in a goal by superstar Abby Wambach:
Referee Christiana Pedersen’s decision to award the penalty came after [Megan] Rapinoe drove a point-blank shot off an indirect free kick into the protective wall in front of Canada’s net.
The ball struck defender Marie-Eve Nault, who was twisting out of the way, and Pedersen called her for a hand ball. Wambach sent her penalty kick along the grass and into the corner of the net to the right of McLeod.
Team Canada fans were highly suspicious of Pedersen’s calls during the game:
— Crystal G (@Bluuueyez) August 6, 2012
— Ryan Askerberg (@RyanAskerberg12) August 6, 2012
— Megan Rendell (@MeganRendell) August 6, 2012
Ridiculous! Our Women's CDN Soccer is getting screwed with bad referree calls! #Olympics GOCANADA
— Kells (@KmcSkier) August 6, 2012
On the biggest stage in the world, a referree is gonna decide the game. #joke
— Jason Hay (@jason_hay) August 6, 2012
Referree is corrupt!! USA gifted 3 goals! #ChristineSinclair
— Jason (@jrsy99) August 6, 2012
Congratulations to the Shitastic Referree on the outcome of the game.
— Meredith Heron (@meredithheron) August 6, 2012
When the game ended, while Team USA’s fans celebrated, Canadians’ skepticism became even more pronounced:
— Britney MacPhee (@brimac0) August 6, 2012
As a referee, I hate when people blame the ref for one party's win or lose, but in today's case, sadly, it was warranted. #London2012
— Jay Shaw (@jay_shaw) August 6, 2012
Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen should get whichever medal Team USA receives in women's soccer. She earned it too. #London2012
— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) August 6, 2012
So, Twitchers, were any of you watching the game? What did you think? Is this merely a case of sour grapes, or did Team Canada really get the short end of the referee stick?
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