FIFA extends probe of Canadian soccer team
Canada forwards Christine Sinclair (12) and Melissa Tancredi react after losing 4-3 in extra time women's soccer action against the USA at the Olympic Games in London on Monday August 6, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
LONDON - FIFA says it needs more time to investigate "incidents that occurred" following Canada's 4-3 semifinals loss against the United States in the Olympic women's soccer tournament.
FIFA says its disciplinary panel cannot prosecute the case before Canada plays for the bronze medal against France Thursday.
It says that "in view of the elements currently at its disposal, the FIFA disciplinary committee considers that further investigation will be needed regarding incidents that occurred" after the match.
Canada conceded 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 angered by the Norwegian referee awarding a free kick that led to the Americans' 80th-minute equalizer.
The Canadian Soccer Association says it supports FIFA's investigation and will ''co-operate fully."
"We will work closely with FIFA to ensure a prompt and fair resolution in this matter," CSA president Victor Montagliani said in a release.