Abby Wambach punched in U.S. Olympics soccer match, FIFA reviewing collision with Colombian player

abby-wambach-punched-black-eye-olympics-soccer.jpgDuring the U.S. soccer match against Colombia in pool play on Saturday (July 28), forward Abby Wambach sustained a rather unusual injury -- a black eye from a punch to the face by Lady Andrade.

After the game, Wambach called on FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) to investigate the incident, which Andrade called "an accident."

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage tells the AP of the incident, "I think it's important that you recognize it. I watched it on video, and I'd say it's very unusual, playing like that and trying to get her out of the game."

The disciplinary committee of FIFA is reviewing the hit, with an update on their findings expected Monday or Tuesday.

Wambach says Andrade kept taunting her in the second half and even attempted another hit to the face, but missed and hit her in the neck instead. Wambach says it was tempting to retaliate, but she knows better.

"You think about yourself and what you would do on the street if somebody were to sucker-punch you. And you have all of the lists of things that you would probably do to retaliate, but this is Olympics and I can't risk getting a red card, I can't risk getting a yellow card," says Wambach. "We like to call it 'ice' - stay ice cold. They're trying to get me to retaliate, and I'm proud of myself for not doing that.''

Andrade maintains they simply collided and she had her hands in the air, causing the accident. She adds, "They're the United States. The whistle always goes in their favor. They were hitting us and hitting us, but there was never a whistle."

Wambach tweets of the injury, "Thanks for all the well wishes. Eye is healing fine" and showed off her shiner in the above photo.

The video of the collision is below -- what do you think, Olympics fans?



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