Mexico coach Miguel Herrera sacked for punching journalist

Mexico City: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was sacked on Tuesday following allegations of an assault against a television journalist, just two days after guiding them to their seventh Gold Cup trophy in the United States.

Miguel Herrera
Miguel Herrera 

The combative 47-year-old -- who also coached Mexico to the last-16 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup last year -- is alleged to have attacked the journalist, a virulent critic of the coach, at Philadelphia airport hours after Mexico had beaten Jamaica.

"We have taken the decision to relieve national coach Miguel Herrera of his duties," said federation president Decio de Maria. "Our values and principles must be maintained regardless of results." De Maria did not name a successor.

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