Christine Sinclair has no regrets and is ready to move on.
The Canadian women's soccer captain, who was suspended four games and fined $3,500 last week for what a FIFA disciplinary panel deemed "unsporting behaviour" toward officials at the London 2012 Summer Games, says she is ready to take the punishment.
"I don't regret what I said," she told reporters during a conference call Monday. "We just lost the chance of playing for an Olympic gold medal, and that's a dream that all of us have. It was a very intense time and I was very emotional and I wouldn't want to change that."
Sinclair made some pointed post-match comments directed at referee Christiana Pedersen after Canada's controversial semifinal loss to the United States, a game in which she felt her squad was treated unjustly. She reiterated she has no intent to appeal the ban and said her comments were made during an important and emotional moment.
"I'd like to acknowledge FIFA's decision and it is my intent to accept it," she said. "As a player, you just want to move on as well as I want my team to move on."
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