Storm of protests

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

CHENGDU, China -- Typhoon Wipha has blown up a soccer storm.

If you turned on your TV early this morning and there was no women's soccer game on CBC, then Canada won its typhoon protest.

A major storm hitting the south coast of China resulted in schedule changes here yesterday. But Chegndu is located significantly inland and when it came to the Canada-Australia match, the two teams were told to play on as scheduled.

Canada, Australia, likely China, as a result, filed protests yesterday.

Canada believes that if the Norway-Ghana match in their group has been relocated from Shanghai to Hangzhou and delayed a day, why shouldn't their game be given the same treatment.

"We think that's the right thing to do," said Canadian coach Even Pellerud.

"We've put in a protest, Australia has put in a protest and I certainly imagine China will be putting in a protest," said Les Meszaros, the Canadian team manager.

Normally, the third games in each group are played at exactly the same time to reduce temptations to rest regulars and influence the results.

Norway (four points in the standings) will know the result of the Canada-Australia game and be able to adjust its game plan against Ghana accordingly.

Australia has four points, Canada three and Ghana zero going into the final games of Group C play, which means there are all sorts of scenarios at play.

If Canada and Ghana win, the Canadians would finish first in the group and be scheduled to play a quarter-final in Wuhan.

If Canada and Norway won, Canada would play a quarter-final in Tianjin way up the coast near Beijing.

In the event of a tie between Canada and Australia, a Ghana win would give the Aussies first place in the group and Canada second.

If Canada loses it goes home. If both remaining games are draws, Canada goes home.

But where do the Canadians go if they win? They'd have to sit here an extra day to figure out where their next game is going to be.

"If it's Tianjin, that about eight hours of travel from hotel to hotel," said Meszaros.

"With a semi-final Sunday, we might end up with only one practice the day before the game.

"Those are concerns."

The Brazil-Denmark match will be played tomorrow instead of today and moved from Shangai to Hangzhou, as well, and that will affect China-New Zealand, which will go today as scheduled in Tianjin in Group D unless the protests cause more changes.


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