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Space Gravy
08-23-2008, 08:21 PM
Cuban banned for referee kick

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos was banned for life from taekwondo on Saturday for kicking a referee and a Chinese favorite was knocked out in a controversial ruling as the final bouts of the Olympic tournament descended into chaos.

The confusion overshadowed victory for Cha Dong-min, who took South Korea's fourth taekwondo gold medal at the Beijing Games in the men's +80-kg category, and Mexico's Maria Espinoza, who won gold in the women's +67-kg.

Leading 3-2 in the men's +80-kg bronze-medal bout against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov, Matos slumped to the floor rubbing his leg and was disqualified for exceeding a minute's injury time, prompting the Cuban's coach to rush onto the mat.

After a heated exchange, Matos struck the referee in the head with a high kick. He also kicked another official before being escorted out of the arena.

http://www.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20080823&t=2&i=5716695&w=192&r=2008-08-23T135321Z_01_PEK305144_RTRUKOP_0_PICTURE0

Link (http://www.reuters.com/article/wtMostRead/idUSPEK30514420080823)

Banned? How about a little jail time for assault?

Goldwater
08-24-2008, 11:17 AM
Keeps things interesting I suppose.