Mexico City, Mexico – Miguel Herrera has been fired after allegedly punching a reporter who criticized his team’s performance in the Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments.
Known for his eccentric personality, the 47-year-old was relieved of his duties following a controversial incident with a reporter at a Philadelphia airport.
In a news conference, Decio de Maria, president of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), announced Herrera’s departure saying, “Of what Miguel and I discussed, the only thing I can say is that it was very tough for Miguel.”
De Maria said Herrera was sorry about the incident and would not repeat it. But he added, “You can’t respond to aggression with aggression.”
In a public statement after the announcement of his departure, Herrera apologized for what he referred to as “the painful incident I had with a commentator.”
“It is clear to me that this is not the attitude that a coach for the Mexican national team should take, despite having received all manner of criticisms, offences and mockery of my family and my person,” Herrera said.
Christian Martinoli, a sports journalist for Mexico’s TV Azteca, said Monday that Herrera threatened him and hit him in the neck at the Philadelphia airport as the Mexican team weas heading home after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
The journalist, Martinoli, had strongly criticized Herrera during the team’s group stage exit from the Copa America.