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Sinclair suspended four games by FIFA

Oct 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair has been suspended four games and fined $3,500 by FIFA for showing “unsporting behavior towards match officials” following an exciting 4-3 extra-time loss to Team USA in the Olympics semifinals.

Sinclair scored all three goals for Canada and had her team up 3-2 in the 80th minute when an official awarded America a penalty kick because Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod held the ball too long. Abby Wambach scored the penalty to tie and Alex Morgan headed in the winner during the 123rd minute.

After the match, Sinclair was publicly critical of the official, saying “it’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.” But neither Sinclair nor the team have been told exactly what the reason for the suspension is and won’t comment until they do.

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