Sinclair was banned for four games and fined a reported $3,500 by FIFA on Friday for what soccer’s governing body called "displaying unsporting behaviour towards match officials" during Canada’s controversial Olympic semifinal loss against the U.S.
The captain had the game of her career, scoring all three goals as Canada led 3-2 late in the match. But a pair of disputed calls by Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen allowed the Americans to square the contest on a penalty kick before winning in extra time.
Moments after the game ended, Sinclair didn’t hide her emotions, admitting that she felt Canada was robbed by Pedersen’s decisions.
"We feel like we didn't lose, we feel like it was taken from us," the Burnaby, B.C. native said minutes after the final whistle. "It's a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started."
The United States would go on to win the gold medal while Canada took home a historic bronze.
The good news for Sinclair is that she won’t be missing any major competitions as the four-match ban will be served during Canada’s next round of friendlies.
Several prominent Canadian athletes took to Twitter to criticize FIFA for suspending Sinclair.
"Sinclair suspension dumbest thing I ever heard!! No guts to do it during the games, what's the point after?" wrote Canadian hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser.
Canadian and retired Olympic freestyle skiing gold medallist Jennifer Heil was equally angered.
"Outrageous! FIFA suspends Christine Sinclair for four games for "displaying unsporting behaviour to match officials."