FIFA bans Colombia player for 2 Olympic soccer matches for punching US forward Wambach

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 30, 2012 - 1:05 PM
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United States' Abby Wambach lays on the field after suffering from an injury at the hands of Colombia's Lady Andrade during the group G women's soccer match between the United States and Colombia at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

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LONDON - FIFA has imposed a two-match ban on Colombia player Lady Andrade after U.S. forward Abby Wambach said she was "sucker-punched" by her opponent in an Olympic soccer match.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee suspended Andrade for a group match against France on Tuesday, and for the quarterfinals if Colombia advances.

Wambach said she was hit in the right eye by Andrade in the 39th minute of a 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday.

After the game, Wambach called for FIFA to take action, while Andrade said it was "an accident."

The U.S. team did not file a formal complaint against Andrade, but it did contact FIFA.

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