Miguel Herrera, the coach of the Mexico men’s national team, could find himself in some hot water. The trouble could stem from an alleged altercation between Herrera and commentator Christian Martinoli, who has been very critical of El Tri as of late.
You may remember Martinoli from his call in 2013 when the United States put Mexico through to the World Cup qualifying playoff and he shouted, “We love you forever and ever!”
Well, Herrera apparently wasn’t feeling the love.
In an interview with AS Mexico, Martinoli alleges that Herrera assaulted him by striking him in the neck at the Philadelphia airport following Mexico’s Gold Cup win.
Martinoli says the incident happened “in the security line” where Herrera “threatened me, challenged me several times and said. ‘So it will be every time I see you.'”
Mexican journalist David Medrano also reported seeing Herrera strike Martinoli in the airport.
Lamentable. En el Aeropuerto de Filadelfia el técnico mexicano Miguel Herrera golpeó a Christian Martinoli cronistq de TV Azteca.
— david medrano felix (@medranoazteca) July 27, 2015
If the allegations prove to be true, there should be very serious consequences for Piojo.
It was believed that Herrera may have needed a Gold Cup win to save his job, but that job could again be in jeopardy if he assaulted Martinoli in the airport.
This all comes at a time when Mexico was supposed to be celebrating their big win in the Gold Cup — which was surrounded by controversy during the lead up. Many, including Martinoli, were very critical of Herrera and El Tri for their lackluster performance. It took two very poor penalty calls to keep Mexico in the tournament.
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