Mexico coach Miguel Herrera fired for allegedly attacking reporter
Miguel Herrera has been fired as Mexico coach for apparently punching a reporter just hours after the national side won the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Javier Hernandez (unseen) scores the team's third goal during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Croatia at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife June 23, 2014.
The head of the Mexico Soccer Federation made the announcement after Television Azteca's Christian Martinoli claimed the coach known as 'El Piojo' punched him in the neck at Philadelphia Airport.
Mexico won a record seventh Gold Cup with a 3-1 win over Jamaica at Lincoln Financial Field, but many fans and pundits were critical of the side's performance across the tournament, including a 2-1 success over Panama in the semi-finals when they were awarded two fortunate penalties.
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (C) speaks to Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan (L) during the Group A football match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014.
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"We're very happy," said Herrera. "We dominated the ball. We got the rhythm we wanted and controlled the play. It's a great satisfaction for all of us."
Martinoli had apparently been an outspoken critic of Herrera's management style.
Herrera is not the first manager to lose his temper with a TV reporter.
Former Dundee United manager Jim McLean was forced to abandon his role as chairman of the Scottish Premier League club in disgrace after he infamously punched an unsuspecting BBC reporter after a match in 2000.