Soccer's world governing body said on Tuesday it would investigate the Canadian womens' national team for unspecified incidents which followed Monday's 4-3 loss to the U.S.FIFA has announced it will be investigating the Canadian women’s national team for incidents following the team’s 4-3 defeat to the United States in the Olympic semi-final on Monday.
“Following the Olympic women's semi-final match between Canada and the USA played at Old Trafford on the evening of 6 August, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee is currently analysing incidents that occurred after the conclusion of the match," read a statement made by FIFA on Tuesday. “Further information will be provided only after the Committee are in possession of all the elements of the case.”
While FIFA does not specify what the incidents in question are, but they most likely relate to criticism of match referee Christina Pedersen by head coach John Herdman, captain Christine Sinclair and several other players.
Pedersen’s decision to award an indirect free kick after Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod appeared to hold the ball for longer than the maximum permitted time of six seconds led to a late Abby Wambach equalizer before the American scored again in the game’s final breath to win the match and advance to the final.