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By ESPN Staff

Millonarios coach banned and fired in a week

BOGOTA, April 15 (Reuters) - Millonarios coach Mario Alberto Vanemerak has been dismissed by the Bogota club after being banned for three months last Wednesday for kicking down a dressing-room door.

The volatile Argentine was fired two days after Millonarios, once one of the world's richest clubs, were thrashed 4-0 at home by modest Boyaca Chico in the Colombian championship.

'We contemplated the whole situation...including the disciplinary problems, the performances of the team and the position in the table,' club president Juan Carlos Lopez told reporters on Tuesday.

'It's very painful because Mario is a person with great commitment to the institution.'

The Colombian league banned Vanemerak last week after he kicked and knocked down a dressing-room door and damaged a water-heater following a 2-0 defeat at Pasto.

Colombian football has been hit by a wave of indiscipline among coaches this year.

Nine have been sent off -- five of them twice -- and America's Diego Umana was recently banned for 11 games for punching his Deportivo Cali counterpart during a game.

Millonarios, who won the last of their record 13 Colombian titles in 1988, are 10th in the Apertura championship.

Now best by financial problems, the club was one of the world's richest when Colombia staged a pirate league in the 1950s and players such as Alfredo di Stefano lined up for the team.