FIFA reviewing 'sucker-punch' to US player Wambach

FIFA reviewing 'sucker-punch' to US player Wambach

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 28: Abby Wambach of USA battles with Louisa Necib of Columbia during the Women's Football first round Group G match between United States and Colombia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park on July 28, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 5:50 AM

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The disciplinary committee of the world soccer governing body is reviewing the hit to the face that left U.S. forward Abby Wambach with a black eye during a game against Colombia at the Olympics.

FIFA spokesman Alex Stone says no update is expected before Monday.

Wambach said she was "sucker-punched" in the right eye by Lady Andrade in the 39th minute of Saturday's 3-0 win over Colombia. Andrade called the play an accident.

After the game, Wambach called for FIFA to take action. The U.S. team did not file a formal complaint, but it did contact FIFA. U.S. coach Pia Sundhage says such behavior "doesn't belong in the game."

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