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Paraguay coach banned for final

Paraguay coach Gerard Martino will watch the Copa America final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semifinal win over Venezuela.

sports Updated: Jul 23, 2011 00:51 IST
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Paraguay coach Gerard Martino will watch the Copa America final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semifinal win over Venezuela.

Both sides were also fined $10,000 for the fight which broke out after Paraguay defender Dario Veron scored the winning spot kick to send his side into Sunday's final against Uruguay in Buenos Aires.

Martino, who exchanged angry words with Venezuela coach Cesar Farias and was sent to the stands during the game for remonstrating with the referee, would sit out two games, the South American Football Confederation said on its website. His assistant Jorge Pautasso was also suspended.

The teams were warned that they would face serious sanctions for any similar trouble in the future but none of the players involved in the free-for-all were punished.

The CSF also announced that Brazilian Salvio Fagundes would referee the final.