Mexico coach Miguel Herrera accused of hitting TV analyst at airport
Mexican television commentator Christian Martinoli on Monday accused Mexico coach Miguel Herrera of assaulting him at an airport in Philadelphia.
The incident allegedly occurred the morning after Mexico beat Jamaica 3-1 on Sunday to win the Gold Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.
TV Azteca's Martinoli, who has been one of the strongest critics of Herrera, said the Mexico coach hit him in the neck with his fist before being separated by fellow commentator and former Mexico player Luis Garcia.
"I looked down to avoid any kind of provocation and suddenly feel a blow to the neck on the right side of my body. The next thing I see when I look up Luis Garcia is separating a madman who threw punches and kicks while I was insulted," said Martinoli, who added that he wasn't surprised by the emotional coach's reaction.
"Everyone will have his version of events and he probably will deny it, I have no doubt," Martinoli added.
Martinoli also told AS Mexico that Herrera, after hitting him, told the broadcaster: "It'll be like this each time I see you."
Azteca News commentator Alejandro Villalvazo reported that Herrera told his network: "Yes, I argued with him, but I didn't hit him. I'm not that stupid."
Eduardo Camarena said on rival TV network Televisa that he had spoken to Herrera, who denied the incident took place.
Neither Camarena nor Villalvazo were present at the airport.
Mexican Football Federation authorities will reportedly meet with Herrera to discuss the incident on Tuesday at 11 am ET.