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Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio suspended six games by FIFA

Goal.com logo Goal.com 07-07-2017

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has received a six-game suspension for abuse of match officials during his side’s third-place match against Portugal in the Confederations Cup.

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The El Tri boss was found to have acted aggressively toward those officials, while also using insulting language toward them. Osorio was sent off in the 2-1 loss after he got into the fourth official's face after referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi declined to whistle for what looked to be a penalty on Hirving Lozano late in extra time.

A statement from the FIFA disciplinary committee read: “After taking into account all circumstances of the case, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided that Mr Osorio is regarded as having breached article 49.1 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“As a result, and given the gravity of the incident, Mr Osorio is to be suspended for six official matches and has also been sanctioned with a warning and a fine of CHF 5,000.”

The suspension means Osorio would miss the entirety of the Gold Cup if Mexico reaches the final. Should Mexico be eliminated beforehand, Osorio would be forced to serve the remaining games in El Tri’s next official matches, with World Cup qualification games against Panama and Costa Rica coming after the Gold Cup.

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