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Abby Wambach says ref 'purposefully' gave USWNT yellow cards for suspensions

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Abby Wambach blamed missed goals on the turf and now she says the yellow cards to Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, which earned them suspensions, were the fault of the ref. And not just a ref who made a bad decision, but a poorly intentioned ref who was out to get the United States.

"I don’t know if they were yellows. It seemed like she (the referee) was purposefully giving those yellows to, maybe players she knew were sitting on yellows," said Wambach. "I don’t know if that’s a psychological thing. Who knows?"

So the referee went into the match knowing which U.S. players were a yellow card away from a suspension and looked to caution them so they could be suspended. Alrighty then.

Players criticizing a referee's impartiality have been suspended before. After the U.S. beat Canada in the 2012 Olympics, Christine Sinclair went after the ref and was suspended for four games (although she was allowed to play in the broze medal match first). It's possible that Wambach will face suspension now.

Wambach has spent a lot of time blaming a bunch of things and acting as if so many things in the tournament are out to get the U.S. Now might be a good time for her to stop talking.