Mexico coach suspended by Federation Internationale de Football Association, will miss Alamodome match

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

Mexico is holding most of its top players out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and now it will play the 12-team tournament without its coach as well after Federation Internationale de Football Association suspended Manager Juan Carlos Osorio for six games on Friday for his actions in the third-place match of the Confederations Cup last week in Russia. Despite fielding a weakened squad at the Gold Cup, Mexico is favored to win the tournament.

Osorio was angered after match officials decided not to refer an apparent push on Mexico's Hector Moreno for an assessment by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Mexico's coaching staff and substitutes protested at the decision and their manager Osario launched a verbal attack on the linesman for which result Osorio was sent to the stands for his protests.

The 56-year-old was found to have breached Article 49.1 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, warned about his behaviour and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,183.50) on top of the ban.

The defending champion claimed its seventh Gold Cup crown in 2015 and they took a step towards another trophy thanks to first worldwide goals from Hedgardo Marin and Orbelin Pineda, and Elias Hernandez's effort, in San Diego on Monday (AEST).

If they do not get that far the remaining matches of the ban will be served in Mexico's subsequent official internationals.

In last Sunday's game between Mexico and Portugal, the latter won 2-1 thanks to an extra-time penalty, having earlier trailed going into the final minute of normal time.

The biennial tournament kicks off this weekend in the United States and features North America, Central America and Caribbean nations.

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