Ousted Mexico national team coach Miguel Herrera said he will "return as exactly the same person" in an apology letter and first public acknowledgement of an incident that took place at Philadelphia International Airport with a TV Azteca reporter.
"I want to publicly apologize to the fans, the coaching staff, players, Mexico Football Federation and the media for my behavior in the regretful incident that I had with a commentator," Herrera said in the statement. "I understand that this is not an attitude...
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera will learn whether he stays or goes on Tuesday following a reported airport scuffle with a TV Azteca reporter.
The Mexico Football Federation met on Tuesday to discuss Herrera's fate after the incident that allegedly took place at Philadelphia International Airport following El Tri's Gold Cup win over Jamaica. The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
ESPN analyst John Sutcliffe on Tuesday afternoon tweeted that Herrera is out as coach.
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.
Outgoing Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean said he backs UEFA president Michel Platini, and that Platini has given Compean assurances that the 2016 Copa America Centenario will take place in the United States, despite an ongoing bribery investigation.
"He [Platini] is in favor that it be played. We are working on that and all subjects related to it so that it can be played," Compean told ESPN Deportes after the Gold Cup final. "We are hoping to iron out the details."