Christina W. Pedersen
Christina Westrum Pedersen (born 9 April 1981) is a Norwegian football referee.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pedersen officiated the semi-final match between Canada and the United States. In the 78th minute, Pedersen gave goalkeeper Erin McLeod a yellow card and awarded an indirect free kick to USA after the Canadian kept possession of the ball in her hands for more than six seconds – a violation of Law 12. Although either decision is correct according to a literal reading of the Law, it is extremely rare for the offence to be punished unless the goalkeeper is blatantly wasting time, and incorrect to apply both penalties. From the ensuing indirect free kick, Pedersen deemed that a Canadian defender deliberately handled the ball and awarded a penalty kick to USA. Abby Wambach scored from the penalty kick, tying the match at 3–3, forcing extra time to decide the winner, where USA won the match 4–3. The Canadian team protested the call in media outlets afterwards and FIFA has announced it may attempt punishment of the Canadian team for their comments.
- "Christina W. Pedersen" (in Norwegian). Norges Fotballdommerforening. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- Johnson, George (6 August 2012). "Canada loses a heartbreaker to U.S. in Olympic soccer semi-final". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
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