Posted by Tony
The Beijing Olympics will be remembered for many great moments, such as the lavish opening ceremony, Team GB’s spectacular gold medal haul or Usain Bolt’s record-breaking antics. But it will also be remembered for the unsportsmanlike conduct of Cuba’s Angel Matos. The AP news report below explains what happened:
The World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that Cuba’s Angel Matos and his coach be banned for life after the athlete kicked a referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.
Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.
Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was disqualified for taking too much injury time.
Matos angrily questioned the call. He pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden.
Sanctions include a "lifetime ban of the coach and athlete in all championships sanctioned by the (World Taekwondo Federation)."