Did anyone else get flashbacks from the USA vs. Brazil match from last July after watching the Athletica and Freedom play on Sunday night? Abby Wambach got a brutal ass whipping by the hands of the Athletica defense on Sunday with the referee turning a blind eye. My bad, those four ridiculously flagrant encounters between the Athletica defense and Abby Wambach and Abby’s face and the beautifully sodded field did result in one yellow card from head referee Shane Butler in the first half. Take a look…
OUCH!! And that was just the first half.
The league released this statement after reviewing the game:
“The League Disciplinary Committee has completed its review of a number of on-field incidents in the May 3, 2009, game between the Washington Freedom and Saint Louis Athletica. In the Committee’s collective opinion, none of them met the very specific criteria for over-ruling the decisions of the game referee, and therefore further disciplinary measures were not imposed. However, the Commissioner may independently exercise her discretion to further review the match and assess penalties based upon conduct that is detrimental to the best interests of WPS, the integrity of its matches and the protection of its Players. The Commissioner has elected to and is in the process of reviewing the circumstances of the Freedom-Athletica match, and it is expected that she will announce the results of her review by the end of business on Thursday, May 7th. If, based on her review, the Commissioner determines that penalties are appropriate, such penalties may include fines, youth sports-oriented community service, or suspensions.”
I’m still waiting for Commissioner Antonucci’s decision. I guess it’s still the business day on the west coast.