Angel Matos. You should already know who he is by now, but if not, I’ll give you a quick update. He’s a Cuban Taekwondo fighter who was competing in the Olympics last night, a Bronze Medal final match against Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Matos broke his toe and took the 1:00 time-out, awaiting medical attention. At the end of the time, the referee disqualified him and awarded the match, and the medal, to Chilmanov. Matos didn’t appreciate that, so what does he do? This:
He kicked the ref right in the chin! He was immediately escorted out of the building and the World Taekwondo Federation recommend he be banned for life from sanctioned fights, as well as his coach. The coach talked to the media afterwards and accused the official of taking money to favor the match for Kazakhstan.
It’s bad sportsmanship and all, but I think Matos is a hero. It’s about time someone took a stand, or in this case a foot to the face, against poor officiating in sports. If I had a dollar for every bad call I’ve seen in a game, I’d be wiping with hundreds. This is a serious wake-up call for anyone who might be fixing a game, match, contest, whatever. That 300 lb. linebacker, the 2nd baseman with a bat in his hand, the hockey player with his stick, Bobby Fischer with a rook hidden in his palm: they could snap and kill you if you are wrong. Maybe it’s time to get that annual eye exam chief!