Soccer: FIFA bans Maradona for 2 months
By GRAHAM DUNBAR
AP Sports Writer
ZURICH — FIFA has banned Diego Maradona from all soccer activities for two months for the Argentina’s coach expletive-filled rants after his team qualified for the World Cup.
A disciplinary panel for world soccer’s governing body heard Maradona give evidence during a three-hour hearing Sunday before excluding him from soccer until Jan. 15.
The 49-year-old coach will miss Argentina’s exhibition against the Czech Republic scheduled for Dec. 16. He also was fined $24,250.
FIFA said Maradona apologized to the world soccer family and showed “sincere remorse.”
The 1986 World Cup-winning captain launched his profane tirade at media critics after Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in its final qualifier last month.