Mexico City - The coach of Mexico's national soccer team is
known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.
Now Miguel Herrera's off-field composure is being questioned
after a television sports anchor claimed the coach punched him at the
Philadelphia airport following Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica to take the
Television Azteca sports anchor Christian Martinoli
described the incident Monday on a Television Azteca program. He said Herrera
apparently wanted to hit him again but fellow sports commentator Luis Garcia
got between them.
Martinoli has criticized Herrera's performance as coach as
have many Mexicans.
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The Mexican Soccer Federation did not respond to requests
for comment about Martinoli's allegations about the incident Sunday, and
Herrera did not comment.
Azteca issued a statement calling for "a prompt and
urgent investigation" of the incident.
"We are surprised and concerned by the behavior of the
national team coach," the statement said. "The Mexican Soccer
Federation should not allow attacks like the one suffered by our
The short, stocky Herrera gained notoriety for his effusive
sideline celebrations at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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