Russian fans protest disallowed goal at U.S. Embassy

Monday February 17th, 2014

This goal by the Russians would have given the team a 3-2 lead. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) This disallowed goal would have given Russia a 3-2 lead in its loss to the U.S. on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Russian fans gathered at the United States Embassy in Moscow to protest a call that disallowed a third-period goal by Russia in its loss to the U.S. on Saturday, reports the Associated Press.

A goal scored by Russian defenseman Fedor Tyutin would have given Russia a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes left the game, but a replay showed that the net had come loose before the goal was scored. The U.S. went on the win the game in a shootout.

According to the AP, the protesters wore Russian hockey jerseys and began to shout, "Make soap out of the ref!" Some held a banner with a picture of American referee Brad Meier on it.

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More from the AP:

The referee supervisor for the International Ice Hockey Federation, Konstantin Komissarov, confirmed that the ruling made by the referees was correct and that video review had been properly used to make the call. President Vladimir Putin, who was one of the unhappy fans at the Sochi rink on Saturday, told Russian state news agencies Monday that the game "should have been stopped" if the goal was out of place, but asked for fans to show sportsmanship.
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