Didn’t Like the Call? Just Kick the Judge!
Posted by Ryan on August 24, 2008
The latest controversy to arise out of Beijing deals with when Cuban Angel Matos disagreed with a judge’s enforcement of the rules during a tae-kwon-do medal round against Kazakhstan and decided to kick the judge in the face, spit on the mat and leave the arena.
Here’s why Matos was mad: He was up 3-2, but needed to take a time-out. You get one minute for each time-out. He took longer than one minute to gather himself. He was disqualified. It’s something like complaining that you don’t get 11 seconds to get up in boxing. OK, but the rules say something different. While Matos was ahead in the match, his extra-time would have been an unfair advantage. While close, the rules are the rules and were set forth before you showed up.
Get mad, or whatever, but striking a judge (en francais)? This ain’t the mean streets of Havana; this is the authoritarian oligarchical dictatorship of China hosting the Olympic games!
True class from our communist friends in the Caribbean! Matos and his coach have been officially banned for life from all World TKD Federation [or appropriately the “WTF”!] events and his performances will be nullified. I think he should also be charged criminally for assault and battery.