July 31, 2012
Canadian soccer women shrug off bad Olympic officiating
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE - The Canadian women’s soccer team knew they had advanced to the quarter-finals after earning a 2-2 draw against Sweden on Tuesday afternoon, but they had no idea at that time who they would face in the next round.
When questioned afterward, most of the players insisted that they didn’t care who they would meet in the quarters, as long as the refereeing improves.
The Canadians were not impressed with referee Eun Ah Hong of South Korea on Tuesday, who seemed to miss a number of fouls committed by the Swedes, including a couple of hand balls.
“We have not had kind refs in all (our) games,” said midfielder Diana Matheson of Oakville, Ont. “We haven’t got the benefit of the calls. So maybe in the later rounds, we’ll start getting some our way. Maybe they were saving them all for later.”
Team captain Christine Sinclair spoke for most of the players when she said that the team didn’t care who they played next, though Matheson said she would like to play the U.S. in the later rounds and coach John Herdman suggested the girls would like another crack at Brazil — the team that beat Canada at a pre-Olympics tournament in Switzerland, 2-1 on added time. If not in the next game, at least some time during the tournament.
“That game was very tasty and there’s still a little bit of an aftertaste after that game,” said Herdman. “I’m sure the girls would want to get in there and have a good crack at them.”