Rule change doesn't affect Wambach

Updated: August 18, 2004, 1:06 AM ET
Associated Press

THESSALONIKI, Greece -- The U.S. team complained, and FIFA responded.

The president of the world soccer body said Monday that the yellow-card suspension rule has been changed for the Olympic women's tournament, easing concerns that the Americans could lose a key player for the quarterfinals.

"We will have a clear sheet when we go to the quarterfinals,'' Sepp Blatter said while greeting U.S. players at the athletes' hotel in Thessaloniki.

Under normal FIFA rules, a player ...

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