Lady Andrade has been banned from two matches at the Olympics because she hit Abby Wambach during a game. The Colombian forward gave Wambach a black eye on July 28 but claimed it was an accident. On July 30, FIFA finally responded with a ban for Andrade, and I think they made the right decision.
Disciplinary action after the July 28 soccer match between the U.S. and Colombia was expected. Abby Wambach described Lady Andrade's hit as being "sucker-punched" in the eye. There was a visible bruise, and Wambach spent time in the grass before getting up. Unfortunately, officials at the game did not react by giving a yellow or red card. This type of referee negligence has been a common complaint from fans and extends beyond the Olympic Games.
During the match, Abby Wambach was photographed holding up her swollen eyelid, so she could see while running down the field. The black eye she received from Lady Andrade was noticeable. However, Abby Wambach did not retaliate against Andrade and focused her attention on scoring a goal. The U.S. beat Colombia with a score of 3-0 on July 28.
On July 30, FIFA finally responded with a suspension for Lady Andrade. She has been banned from two Olympic matches and will miss the next game. Andrade will also be barred from the quarterfinals. I think the unsportsmanlike conduct at the match deserved this type of punishment. The absence of Lady Andrade is not likely to have an impact on Colombia's future at the Summer Olympics. The team is currently in last place in Group G, so its gold medal dreams faded before the FIFA announcement.
The Eye is Healing
Abby Wambach's black eye did not affect her performance at the July 28 match and will not stop her from participating in the July 31 game. She has posted a photograph on her official Twitter account that shows her eye is healing, and the swelling has been going away. The U.S. women's soccer team will face Korea DPR at the Old Trafford on July 31. The match can be seen on the NBC Sports Network at 12:15 p.m. EST.
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