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July 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann suspended for Sunday’s Gold Cup final

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgCONCACAF announced late Friday night that U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be suspended for Sunday’s Gold Cup final against Panama.

Klinsmann was ejected late in Wednesday’s 3-1 semifinal win against Honduras and his status for the championship game was determined by the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee.

Here is a list of those 21 committee members, as some have noticed the the chairman (Alfredo Hawit, Honduras) is from the country the U.S. just beat and the vice chair (Ariel Alvarado, Panama) is from the country the U.S. plays Sunday.

I’m not one for conspiracies as I believe the ejection and suspension were both justified, even if the refereeing in Wednesday’s game was particularly poor.

Klinsmann’s suspension cannot be appealed. Here was the justification for the punishement in the CONCACAF announcement:

Mr. Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match against Honduras on July 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas, USA.

What do you think about the suspension?

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