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Maradona two months suspended by FIFA

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 16 November 2009 20:52

Maradona two months suspended by FIFA - BSN SportsFIFA punished with two months suspended and fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($ 24,630) to coach Argentina's soccer player Diego Armando Maradona.

With the penalty, the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Maradona punishes insults to the media after the qualifying game against Uruguay in October, which gave the pass to the World Cup 2010 Africa Argentines.

The penalty will take effect on November 15 and will run until January 15, 2010, FIFA said in a statement.

That means that the participation of Maradona with Argentina during the 2010 World Cup will not be affected.

The Argentine coach, 49, arrived yesterday at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, where he spoke for 40 minutes and is responsible for the process, "apologized to FIFA and world football family."

"The committee took into consideration the sincere apologies and remorse shown by Maradona for his decision, which was notified after the meeting," the world body.

Maradona was presented in Zurich at the court of FIFA, after the defeat of the albiceleste with his selection of Spain, 2 - goals to 1, on Saturday in Madrid.

Controversial. The Argentine coach gave a speech full of insults and addressing a press Argentina when he was still on the court, and also at the press conference after the match in which Argentina beat Uruguay in October and with that World Cup did with the pass.

The insults were broadcast live on several international television networks.

Before the altercation, a controversial world champion as a player in 1986, was harshly criticized by the defeats by Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay for the World Cup qualifiers, which took Argentina to the brink of failing to reach a World Cup first time since 1970.

Hired for the position in October last year, the credentials of Maradona as coach has been constantly criticized.

The coach drew more than 70 players for 14 games-eight in six games in the qualifiers and friendlies, and has been criticized for its approach and its choice of the Bodogstarting lineup.

The period of Maradona as coach of Argentina is marked by clashes with players, coaches, journalists and managers, since taking office in mid-October the tie in 2008 following the resignation of Alfio Basile's Coco.

The first controversy began less than a week after taking, when there was a dispute after the FAA's refusal to hire the selection excapitán, Oscar Ruggeri, as assistant coach Maradona.

Maradona El Pibe also had differences with his extécnico in the 1986 World Cup, Carlos Bilardo, who was hired by the FAA as sports director of national teams.

Bilardo appeared to be installed as someone who could act as support for Maradona, but Coach said he shall take all decisions and his experienced colleague should "remain in the position of managers in suits and ties.

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