Suspended players get legal help

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Charmaine Hooper's travel plans - and perhaps her storied soccer career - changed in an instant on Aug. 9.

"We were sitting on the plane to Vancouver, and got a phone call from [national team manager] Les Meszaros saying we should not come out there anymore because what I spoke out about," said the veteran of 131 matches with 71 goals.

Hooper complained about Canadian coach Even Pellerud's player selection for a July 30 friendly against the United States, which conflicted with the W-League's Eastern championship.

Hooper didn't report for two August friendlies against China. Teammates Sharolta Nonen and Christine Latham did the same and were also suspended. They won't play the Nov. 22 game Canada needs to win for qualification to 2007's Women's World Cup.

The trio hired a lawyer to seek reinstatement, but Hooper concedes the publicity may cause Pellerud not to welcome her back.


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