The United States Football federation, US Soccer, has suspended Women’s National team goal keeper, Hope Solo.
The six-month suspension came about after Solo’s comments against the Swedish national side, whom the US had lost to in the quarter finals in the Rio Olympics.
Solo told reporters following the match that “I think we played a bunch of cowards” and “the best team did not win.”
U.S. Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, in a statement on Wednesday evening said, the comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct required from national team players.
Solo will be eligible to return to the team in February of 2017 after being handed a six-month layoff.
And with the US only having two more matches scheduled for the remainder of 2016, she will not miss out on much playing time.
She can still play for her club team Seattle Reign during the suspension.
Solo has since apologised for her remarks, and has stated that she will use the time to take a break before returning back, mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.