United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months by US Soccer for describing Olympic opponents Sweden as “a bunch of cowards.”
The 35-year-old was speaking after Sweden knocked her side out of Rio 2016 in the quarter-finals, winning 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said her comments were “unacceptable”.
World Cup winner Solo, writing on her Facebook page, said she was “saddened” by the decision.
“I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things,” she added.
Solo will not be eligible for selection until February.
In January 2015, she was suspended for 30 days following an incident during a training camp.