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FIFA bans Maradona from football for two months

FIFA has banned Argentina coach Diego Maradona from all football activities for two months for his expletive-filled rants aimed at journalists after his team qualified for the World Cup.

sports Updated: Nov 15, 2009 23:38 IST

FIFA has banned Argentina coach Diego Maradona from all football activities for two months for his expletive-filled rants aimed at journalists after his team qualified for the World Cup.

FIFA's disciplinary panel heard Maradona give evidence during a three-hour hearing today before excluding him from
football until January 15.

The 49-year-old coach will miss Argentina's friendly match against the Czech Republic scheduled December 16. He
also was fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,250; euro16,500).

FIFA said Maradona apologised to the world football family and showed "sincere remorse."

The 1986 World Cup-winning captain launched his profane tirade at media critics after Argentina beat Uruguay
1-0 in its final qualifier last month.