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Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Reportedly Punched Journalist After Gold Cup Victory [UPDATE: Mexico Fires Miguel Herrera]

Miguel Herrera led Mexico to victory in the Gold Cup Sunday night in Philadelphia. The win doesn’t appear to have done much to remove the embattled coach from criticism according to reports starting to surface Monday morning.

ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall posted a link to a story on AS Mexico that Herrera hit TV Azteca journalist Christian Martinoli in the Philadelphia airport after the game.

Marshall later tweeted that Mexico player Giovani Dos Santos briefly posted a tweet congratulating Herrera before swiftly deleting it. Details and accounts vary. It would stand to reason that video might emerge eventually. As it stands today, both Jurgen Klinsmann and Herrera face loads of criticism leading into the Oct. 9 CONCACAF Confederations Cup playoff between the United States and Mexico.

[UPDATE (07-28-15): Miguel Herrera helped Mexico avoid missing out on the 2014 World Cup and he led his country to triumph at the 2015 Gold Cup earlier this week, but that wasn’t enough to save his job. The Mexican Federation called a press conference Tuesday afternoon to fire Herrera.

Herrera’s job was already in question following a poor showing at the Copa America in June when Mexico failed to advance out of group play. Was the reported altercation the reason for the firing or an excuse?

U.S. international Herculez Gomez, who currently plays in Liga MX, offered up an interesting take on the firing.

Whatever the reasoning, Mexico will now need to find someone else ahead of the all-important October Confederations Cup playoff against the United States.

Meanwhile U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann finished fourth at the Gold Cup and by most accounts seems to be on safe ground with the USSF and president Sunil Gulati. Klinsmann signed a four-year contract extension in Dec. 2013. The Washington Post reported he made nearly $2.5 million last year, which gets him some leeway.]

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