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Hope Solo disappoints IOC with her ‘bunch of cowards’ rant

U.S. goalie Hope Solo fails to stop a penalty kick and then rips her opponent over tactics. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

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Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2:36 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO – The International Olympic Committee says it is disappointed that United States goalkeeper Hope Solo called the victorious Sweden team “a bunch of cowards” after their quarterfinal in the women’s soccer.

Solo was angered by Sweden’s defensive style as the United States was held 1-1 through extra time before being ousted in a penalty shootout on Friday.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams described Solo’s outburst as “disappointing.”

However, at an IOC briefing in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday Adams stressed that “people are free to say those things. We wouldn’t stop their right to express themselves, within boundaries, obviously.”

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