Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cuban Taekwondo Athlete Kicks a Referee in the Olympics

Cuban Taekwondo athlete, Angel Matos, faces a lifetime ban after kicking a referee in the face following his disqualification in a bronze-medal match at the Beijing Games. Video at the bottom of the post.

Matos was actually winning the match 3-2 against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov. In the second round when he fell to the mat after being hit. Fighters get one minute to receive medical attention, but Matos was disqualified when his time ran out. Matos wasn't too happy about it, so he attacked the referee.

Although the arena announcer said Matos and his coach were banned effective immediately, due process must be followed before officially banning the two.

Matos won the gold medal in this division — the men's over 80-kg — at the 2000 Sydney Games, dedicating the victory to his mother, who died on the day of the opening ceremony. At the 2004 Athens Games, he finished 11th.

Here's the video of the attack:

video

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am waiting for a comment of Mr. Rogge, Beijing' s leading piece of shit