Russian hockey fans have been protesting outside the US Embassy in Moscow after their penalty-shootout defeat to the United States this weekend.

During the game, American referee Brad Meier controversially disallowed a Russian goal which would have given the Olympic hosts the lead with just five minutes remaining.

However, the goal was wiped off and the USA triumphed in the shootout thanks to TJ Oshie's goals.

The protesters marched on Moscow today armed with a banner embossed with Meier's face whilst chanting "make soap out of the ref", a chant popular with Russian soccer fans.

Many Russian media outlets have expressed their anger after the game and even Vladimir Putin has weighed in on the subject reminding his people that sport requires luck as well as skill.

The game was tied at two goals each when the USA goalie Jonathan Quick's net appeared to detach from its moorings, at this time the Russians appeared to have scored a third goal but Meier disallowed it after video review.

The United States have now qualified for the quarter finals, whilst Russia will now have to be involved in a play-off to reach that stage.

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