States' Abby Wambach, front, goes for the ball with
Colombia's Nataly Arias and Natalia Gaitan (3) during
first half FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 action
in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Monday, June 22, 2015.
Ontario — FIFA has issued a warning to U.S. forward Abby
Wambach for comments she made about the officiating in a
match against Colombia at the Women's World Cup.
match Monday in the knockout round, U.S. midfielders Megan
Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday were issued yellow cards. Because
both had yellows from previous matches at the tournament,
both will have to sit out Friday night's quarterfinal match
asked whether the yellow cards were deserved.
don't know if they were yellows," she said. "It
seemed like she (the referee) was purposefully giving those
yellows to maybe players that she knew were sitting on
yellows. I don't know if that was just a psychological
thing, who knows. Who knows?"
comments concerning French referee Stephanie Frappart might
have merited discipline by FIFA, soccer's international
governing body. Canadian striker Christine Sinclair made
comments about the officiating following her team's loss to
the United States at the London Olympics, and she was later
suspended for four matches for unsportsmanlike behavior.
apologized the next day, calling it wrong to suggest what
the official was thinking.
not in the referee's head, and that's something I definitely
take ownership of and apologize for," she said.
in a statement Thursday night that the apology factored into
chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee took into
consideration all the circumstances of the case, including
the fact that Abby Wambach took full ownership and
apologized for her comments in a timely manner," the
it informed Wambach of the decision earlier in the day. The
warning cited article 57 of FIFA's disciplinary code, which
concerns sportsmanlike conduct.
defender Meghan Klingenberg said she had no issue with what
Wambach initially said.
frankly, that's Abby just having our teammates' backs,"
she said. "She wants them to play. I see no problem
with that. And we're moving forward."