Another olympic scandal.Cuban Matos kicked the referee.

After Ara Abrahamian’s refusal to accept bronze medal,this is another big scandal happened at the Olympic Games in Beijing,China

Disputing the Swedish referee’s decision during the bronze medal Tae Kwon Do match, Cuban Ángel Matos kicked the ref in the face resulting in a lifetime ban for Matos and his unapologetic coach.

Matos was winning, 3-2, in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He remained 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 the referee, Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.


“This is a strong violation of the spirit of tae kwon do and the Olympic Games,” the World Taekwondo Federation said in a release. It added that there would be a lifetime ban of González and Matos in all championships sanctioned by the organization and that all Matos’s records at the Beijing Games would be erased.

In his first match, Matos defeated Italy’s Leonardo Basile, then beat China’s Liu Xiaobo, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. But he lost to the South Korean Cha Dong-min in the semifinals to land in the bronze medal match.

“To me it was obvious he was unable to continue,” Chilmanov said. “His toe on his left foot was broken.”

Matos won the gold medal in this division at the 2000 Sydney Games, dedicating the victory to his mother, who died on the day of the opening ceremony. At the 2004 Athens Games, he finished 11th.

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2 responses to “Another olympic scandal.Cuban Matos kicked the referee.

  1. Michael Benlian

    Please do not compare the Cuban [ (Matos) tae kwon do ] event with Abrahamian from Sweden. These two events are mutually exclusive. Abrahamian never kicked or even touched anyone. Because of the unfair and wrong scoring of the illegitimate judges, he placed his medal on the floor, and yes, he shacked hands with his fellow athletes, waived to the spectators, and stood on the podium. That is a sign of a real gentleman and a damn good human being. In short, I want the world to know, that we need more people like Abrahamian. People who have the guts and resilience to stand for what is wright, and against what is wrong, regardless of the price and the consequences. Bravo, and long live the people who back the real olypian, Mr. Abrahamian. He certainly deserves more than a gold.
    Got it? Get it and learn.

  2. Johnny Belovich

    Dear Michael, first of all, you are saying wrong things. Abrahamian didn’t “shake hands with his fellow athletes”, as you report above. He insulted the judgees from Cuba, Switzerland, Canada, the opponents from Italy and Hungary, the same Olympic organisers. Then he invented a story to justify himself, that’s his bad behavior. According to the IOC: “Such gesture was premeditated and took place well after the disputed match. (…) “in front of the Disciplinary Commission, the Athlete expressed serious unsubstantiated allegations against FILA and its President”, Then the FILA sanctioned Abrahamian. “No mistake can be attributed to the officiating body that made its decision according to the current wrestling rules. (..) for serious lack of Olympic spirit, non-observance of sporting rules and the principle of Fair Play as well as for scandalous behaviour contrary to the ethics of sport at the end of the match by the wrestler and the coach; for calumny and insults towards FILA, its managing body, the National Federations, coaches and wrestlers; for moral fault and harm to the reputation of the sport of wrestling, the FILA Judge condemned Abrahamian to 2 years suspension and prohibition to take part in any wrestling competition at international and national level”. Also, the IOC reports: “”The Athlete had already undergone serious problems with judging errors at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, pointing out that he lost the gold medal rather than won the silver medal'”. He was a recidivist. After that behavior, he wanted the bronze medal back. He deserves nothing.

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