Hope Solo Suspended for Calling Sweden 'Cowards' After Losing at the Olympics
The decision was announced on Wednesday
Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct “counter to the organization’s principles.”
The Associated Press reports that the U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper’s suspension is effective immediately.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said the comments Solo made after Sweden beat the U.S. at the Rio Olympics were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.”
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Solo made the comment when speaking to Sports Illustrated‘s Grant Wahl saying: “I thought that we played a courageous game,” adding: “But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today.”
Solo offered another statement to Wahl shortly after making her initial comments:
“I’ve won and lost a lot of games in my career. And not all wins have been pretty. Sometimes it’s just finding a way to win that matters the most and tonight Sweden found a way to beat us. Nevertheless, I am so proud of the way we played tonight, our fight, our heart and the skill we showed. Things don’t always go the way you want them to. Such is life, and such is sport.” She later added, “Losing sucks. I’m bad at it.”
Solo was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct and will not be eligible for selection to the national team until February.