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Apr 15, 2014

Jesus Corona banned for CCL final

Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona has been suspended for both legs of the CONCACAF Champions League final for his part in a skirmish with Club Tijuana players in the closing moments of the teams' semifinal.

Jesus Corona has been suspended for three games by CONCACAF.

As a result of CONCACAF's punishment, Corona will also miss the first game of the Club World Cup should Cruz Azul win the Champions League final against Toluca.

Corona, who is also the first-choice keeper for the Mexican national team, received a red card for fighting with Tijuana's Hernan Pellerano, and CONCACAF tacked on an additional two-game ban as "punishment for unsporting behavior, specifically in the use of provocative language and gesticulations employed with the motive of inciting an opponent."

CONCACAF also hit Cruz Azul with unspecified sanction after players refused to attend news conferences after the match. Disciplinary action against Club Tijuana is still pending, the organizing body said.

The first leg of the final is Tuesday night.

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