APTOPIX Beijing Olympics Taekwondo Mens 80Kg
Matt Dunham  /  AP
Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos, left, kicks match referee Chakir Chelbat in the face during a bronze medal match in the men's taekwondo +80 kilogram class. Matos attacked the official, throwing punches and kicks, after being declared the loser in his bronze medal match.
updated 8/23/2008 8:39:21 AM ET 2008-08-23T12:39:21

A Cuban taekwondo athlete has attacked the referee after losing his bronze-medal match.

Angel Matos was declared the loser for taking too much injury time after hurting his leg during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

It was not immediately clear whether Matos would be punished.

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