Saturday, August 23, 2008

Biff, spat, ban!

Cuba’s Angel Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Whilst awaiting medical attention for his foot injury he was disqualified by referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden for exceeding the one minute allowed. Matos angrily questioned the call before pushing then kicking the judge. In a final mark of disrespect he also spat on the floor before being escorted out. Subsequent to his actions the World Taekwondo Federation has issued a lifetime ban on the athlete for his conduct and his coach for alleged claims of favouritism.

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