“We, the members of the Washington Spirit organization, sincerely apologize and take full responsibility for breaking protocols that forced our previous two matches to be canceled,” the Spirit said in a statement issued on Twitter. “We understand that our actions have serious consequences and that we have let our fans down. Moving forward, we are committed to being better and adhering to all protocols.”
Under FIFA rules, the opponent of a team that forfeits a game is given a 3-0 victory and three points in the league standings.
Following the forfeit of the game against the Reign, some on the Thorns began asking on social media why they didn’t earn the points for their postponed match, which was not rescheduled.
“We were just confused why it was taking so long to give us the three points because I think it was worse for us than it was for the Reign because they kind of knew this was going on, and for us it was a game-day decision,” Portland defender Kelli Hubly said. “So, I think it was just ‘OK, you’re going to give them three points but where’s ours?’”
Four Spirit players tested positive for COVID-19 before the first match against the Thorns.
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