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FIFA needs more time on Canada soccer complaint

Wednesday - 8/8/2012, 3:57pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - The governing body of soccer said Wednesday that it needs more time to look into complaints by the Canadian women's team following its semifinal loss to the United States at the London Olympics.

FIFA said its disciplinary panel has to wait for Canada to play its bronze medal match Thursday against France.

Canada gave up the winning goal in stoppage time at the end of extra time in a thrilling match at Old Trafford on Monday.

Canada's players and coach were angry that the Norwegian referee awarded a free kick against Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod that led to a tying goal by the Americans.

McLeod was whistled for holding the ball longer than six seconds. The resulting shot from the U.S. free kick struck the hand of a Canadian defender. Abby Wambach scored the penalty to make the score 3-3.

Canadian forward Christine Sinclair said after the game that the players "feel cheated."

On Wednesday, Canadian coach John Herdman said the team has "officially moved on."

"There was a lot of emotion around that game, and you have to give players time to get over that stuff," Herdman said.

The coach said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had sent a nice message to the team, giving it motivation for the bronze-medal match.

The United States plays Japan for the gold medal Thursday.


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