The women’s Colombian soccer team displayed poor sportsmanship in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday during the Olympics 2012 games when one of their players “sucker punched” an American player.
American Abby Wambach said she was running toward the goal to get position when Lady Andrade “sucker punched” her in the right eye.
After the game, where the U.S. won 3-0, through an interpreter Andrade quickly dismissed Wambach’s accusation saying “it was a normal part of the game. We were both running, she ran across me and we collided. I had my hands in the air. It was an accident.”
Thankfully there were lots of cameras to support Wambach’s claims.
Wambach later posted this picture of her black and blue eye on her Twitter account.
The 32-year-old striker later told reporters that after the punch, Andrade continued to come at her in the second half and when she went to deliver a second blow to her face she missed and hit her in the neck.
Wambach said she is now leaving the incident “up to the Olympic committee and FIFA to decide what to do.”
Footage of the incident shows Andrade intentionally going at Wambach hitting her straight in the face. The blow caused Wambach to fall to the ground in writhing pain. The referees, who missed the incident, continued the game.
It wasn’t immediately known what penalties if any will issue to the Colombian team.
Wambach’s second-half goal qualified the U.S. team a spot in the quarterfinals of the London soccer tournament.