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    BEIJING (AP)—Cuba’s Angel Matos deliberately kicked a referee square in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal match, prompting the World Taekwondo Federation to recommend he be banned for life.


    “We didn’t expect anything like what you have witnessed to occur,” said WTF secretary general Yang Jin-suk. “I am at a loss for words.”
    Yang also recommended Matos’ coach be banned.
    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.



    Matos was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.
    Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden, who will require stitches in his lip. Matos spat on the floor and was escorted out.


    “This is an insult to the Olympic vision, an insult to the spirit of taekwondo and, in my opinion, an insult to mankind,” Yang said.
    Matos’ coach was unapologetic.


    “He was too strict,” Leudis Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.
    Although the arena announcer said Matos and his coach were banned effective immediately, Yang said due process must be followed before officially banning the two.


    In his first match, Matos defeated Italy’s Leonardo Basile, then beat China’s Liu Xiaobo 2-1 in the quarterfinals. But he lost to South Korean Cha Dong-min in the semis to land in the bronze-medal match.
    “To me it was obvious he was unable to continue,” Chilmanov said. “His toe on his left foot was broken.”


    But Chilmanov added: “Rules are rules. I’m happy with my medal.”
    Matos won the gold medal in this division—the men’s over 80-kilograms (176 pounds)—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.


    Matos’ bad behavior followed a day of confusion on the mats and ended the four-day taekwondo competition, which was marred by several protests against judge’s calls.


    Earlier Saturday, China’s double gold medalist Chen Zhong crashed out in the quarterfinals after initially being declared the winner.
    World champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza, the eventual winner in the women’s over 67-kilogram (147.4 pounds) class, was to fight Chen in the semifinals but the judges overturned an earlier ruling and made Britain’s Sarah Stevenson the winner of the quarterfinal bout in which Chen scored in the closing seconds of the second round and then Stevenson tagged her with a head kick—worth two points—in the third.


    The judges ruled Stevenson’s kick wasn’t solid enough for points, and Chen was declared the winner 1-0. After Britain protested, the result was changed to put Stevenson in the semifinal.
    The decision brought loud jeers from the crowd. China did not appeal.
    It was the first time a match result has been overturned since taekwondo became an official Olympic sport in 1990.
    “It’s been a really tough day, an emotional rollercoaster,” Stevenson said. “I would have been devastated if they hadn’t changed the decision.”



    Stevenson won bronze, along with Brazil’s Natalia Falavigna.
    Cha made it four-for-four gold medals for South Korea. In taekwondo, countries are allowed to enter only four athletes.


    Cha fell behind when Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece nailed him with a head kick 15 seconds into the bout. But he came back with a body kick and a head shot of his own to take back the lead, adding another point to go 4-3 going into the third round.


    Nikolaidis evened it out at 4-4 with a body kick, but Cha scored with just 18 seconds left to claim the gold in the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) division.


    Nikolaidis said he felt the judging was bad in the gold-medal match as well.
    “I don’t think in press conferences we should discuss referees and things,” he said. “But I think I deserved a couple of things that didn’t come to me.”
    Daba Modibo Keita of Mali, the 2007 world champion, was defeated in overtime in the quarterfinals by Nigeria’s Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije, who ended up with the other bronze.
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    “We didn’t expect anything like what you have witnessed to occur,” said WTF secretary general Yang Jin-suk
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    but anyway, this olympics is such a clusterfuck.. where did all these crybaby athletes come from, and all this back and forth with judges?
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    There have been rumors about Olympic TKD judging issues for a while now. Of course, this pretty much assures TKD will be eliminated from the games. I'm glad, as it is not even close to what the real martial art is about.

    And the dickweed from Cuba? He should be banned for life. No self-respecting, honorable martial artist would have done what he did. He violated every tenent of TKD, especially *self control*:

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    Both he and his Coach were banned FOR LIFE! Good enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    but anyway, this olympics is such a clusterfuck.. where did all these crybaby athletes come from, and all this back and forth with judges?
    Because they are ENTITLED to take part and win whether they obey the rules or not. It's like dealing with a bunch of 3yr olds. I hope they drug test this bozo too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Because they are ENTITLED to take part and win whether they obey the rules or not. It's like dealing with a bunch of 3yr olds. I hope they drug test this bozo too.
    Not now. His ass is out forever!
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    He's lucky he just got banned, because he could've killed him with that kick. And then his ass would be locked up.


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    I like the sport, I watched a lot of it.. on NBC.com of course b/c I they aired 9 million worthless heats.

    my favorite is the fancy vests and head gear which is touch sensitive and tells who earned points - but they don't use them they depend on the judges, which suck. Worse darn judging, next to boxing. argg

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    I don't think that judge needed a special touch sensitive helmet to know he'd had his teeth kicked down his throat LOL.
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    He should be kicked in the face.
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

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    Go back to Cuba and rot!!
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    MIGHT be banned??? That's assault, it was intentional attempt to harm! There should've been no "might" about it to begin with!

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    Now hear this:
    Both he AND his coach have been banned forever and ever,amen. This was swift and for life.
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    Did you say something, McJag? You really need to project, young lady, I can barely hear you!

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