Worst. Sportsman. Ever.
You Just Don’t Do That
I won’t say that he wasn’t wronged – he may have been. But you don’t go kicking the ref in the head, even with an Olympic medal on the line, particularly if you’re a martial artist.
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. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.
Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.
“He was too strict,” Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.
“This is a strong violation of the spirit of taekwondo and the Olympic Games.
I’ll say. Angel Matos and his coach, Leudis Gonzalez, have been banned from the sport for life.
That seems about right.