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UNACCEPTABLE: Miguel Herrera punches Mexican journalist in neck at Philadelphia's airport

July 27, 2015 By Oscar Casanova Perches
Martinoli is known for his hard criticism on Herrera's performance as the coach. Herrera has denied the incident but there were many witnesses that claim it's true.

Miguel Herrera is making headlines in the news on Monday morning and its not because he won the Gold Cup on Sunday against Jamaica, but because he punched Christian Martinoli. The incident is reported to have happened while both were in line to board their plane at the Philadelphia Airport.

Herrera's performance as the manager of the Mexican National Team had been widely criticized by the commentator of TV Azteca. Martinoli was not a fan of Herrera's behavior following the World Cup. His constant criticism towards the referees after the games, time spent shooting commercials and traveling to Europe to meet with those players in European clubs, did not suit well with the experienced commentator.

David Medrano from TV Azteca broke the news claiming Herrera had punched Martinoli

El Piojo had made it clear that he was not taking Martinoli's criticism lightly and that something big could happen when they crossed paths at some point. The Mexican manager did not share many  of Martinoli's views about his own job as a manager. When they met this morning in Philadelphia to board the plane to Mexico, things apparently got out of control.

Witnesses to the incident claim that the journalist was in line, getting ready to get past the security filter along with Luis Garcia. That is when the staff of Mexico's team arrived and Martinoli told Garcia to get in front of him. Martinoli ducked a bit to check his phone and that is when Herrera reached out to punch Martinoli in his neck.

The former player (Garcia) intervened to try and calm Herrera down, and he seemed to be successful at it. The manager has not accepted any of this to be true but there seem to have been many witnesses that can testify on this happening. It is also reported that Piojo's daughter took part in the incident.

"In the security line he challenged me to exchange blows several times and told me "It will be like this every time I see you," Martinoli said to AS Mexico.

El Piojo missed out on the 1994 World Cup after his explosive temper was not well seen by Miguel Mejia Barón who called him a "hand grenade that could explode at any minute". Those words still seem to be true eleven years later. His future as the coach of the national team is on the line and will be analyzed in the following days.

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