Sunday, August 15, 2004
'Brutal' foul leads to two-game ban
ATHENS, Greece -- Portugal striker Luis Boa Morte
has been banned for his country's two remaining group matches in
the Olympic soccer tournament after being ejected from their
opening 4-2 defeat by Iraq.
Soccer's world governing body FIFA, describing the wild
lunge on Iraqi left back Bassim Abbas as a "brutal action," said
it had decided to extend the Fulham striker's automatic
FIFA said in a statement that Boa Morte would now also miss
the match against Costa Rica in Heraklio, Crete, on Aug. 18 as
well as the one against Morocco on Sunday.
Boa Morte, 27, was sent off six minutes into the second half
of last Thursday's match.
Men's soccer is an under-23
tournament with three over-age players allowed per team, with
Boa Morte one of them.