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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women's Olympic football tournament match against New Zealand at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

Hope Solo gets flack for calling Swedish team 'bunch of cowards' after Olympics loss




It's "unlikely" U.S. women's soccer team goalie Hope Solo will face censure from the International Olympic Committee after calling Sweden's women's soccer team "cowards." 

"I think it's unlikely," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams, USA Today reported. "It falls I think into the category of sportsmanship. Things are said in the heat of the moment. Clearly passions run very, very high and people say things they regret."

Adams added, "We would just call for people to treat their opponents with sportsmanship and respect during these Games."

When asked about Solo's comments, Adams said "I'm always nervous about commenting on reports of reports, but if those were the comments, then it is disappointing."

The IOC can take action if they think an athlete has acted in a way that tarnishes the reputation of the games. An Egyptian judo player who refused to shake an Israeli opponent's hand is already under investigation.

Solo had less-than-sportsmanlike words for the Sweden women's soccer team after the United State's team loss to them Friday at the Rio Olympics.The US women's soccer team lost 4-3 on penalties to Sweden.

After their loss, Solo told reporters how she really feels about the team that knocked them off.

"I thought we played a courageous game," Solo told reporters after the loss. "I think we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I'm very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that."

Solo's comment received immediate flack on Twitter, some calling her a sore loser.

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