FIFA bans former Greece coach Santos for 8 matches

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 10:22 am •  Published: August 4, 2014
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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international games on Monday for verbally abusing match officials at the World Cup.

Santos was banished from the dugout after extra time of Greece's second-round match against Costa Rica, which finished 1-1. His team then lost the penalty shootout.

Santos displayed "several acts of unsporting conduct toward the match officials," FIFA said Monday in a statement.

FIFA said Santos must the serve the ban in official competitive matches played by the next national team he coaches.

The sanction likely ends the Portuguese coach's top-level international career, though he can appeal. His Greece contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee also suspended Italy medical official Aldo Esposito for six matches.

Esposito was sent from the dugout for unsporting conduct during Italy's 1-0 loss against Uruguay. That group-stage match was made infamous by Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

In a roundup of World Cup disciplinary cases Monday, FIFA noted that Suarez has eight competitive Uruguay matches left on his nine-match ban. FIFA also banned him from all football for four months.

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