New Zealand and Mexico players trade blows during the Confed Cup match at Sochi, Russia on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images
Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised for losing his temper during a bust-up with the New Zealand bench during his team's 2-1 Confederations Cup win on Wednesday.
Osorio, 56, got into a heated argument with one of New Zealand's assistant coaches after Mexico's Carlos Salcedo went down with a shoulder injury in the first-half.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio (left) is restrained following a brawl on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Replays showed the defender slipped after a tussle with All Whites captain Chris Wood and the video assistant referee did not intervene. Mexico coach Osorio later had to be restrained by his own bench when a mass brawl broke out in the dying stages.
"I would like to apologise to our fans, the way I spoke to one of their assistant coaches was not okay," said Osorio. "There is no place for disrespect in football and I am sorry. The scene where Salcedo went down, I was shouting for them to stop the game, but there was no reaction (from the New Zealand bench). So I lost my temper.
"The camera showed my reaction, but not that of their assistant. It's over, but he knows what he said to me," added Osorio when asked to repeat what was said.
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