Scolari hit with four-match UEFA ban
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been banned for four matches by UEFA after a violent altercation with Serbian player Ivica Dragutinovic.sports Updated: Sep 22, 2007 15:57 IST
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been banned for four matches by UEFA after a violent altercation with Serbian player Ivica Dragutinovic.
Scolari and Dragutinovic were caught up in a pitch-side flare-up after a hot-tempered Euro 2008 qualifier which ended 1-1 on September 12 and led to Scolari lashing out at the Serbian with his fist.
The ban will rule Scolari out of being on the touchline for Portugal's remaining four qualifiers. The Brazilian was also given a 12,120 euros (17,000 dollars) fine.
Dragutinovic has been handed a two-match ban by UEFA, European football's ruling body, for his role in the incident ruling him out of qualifiers in Armenia and Azerbaijan on 13 and 17 October respectively.
UEFA said the sanctions were for "improper conduct".
Both Scolari and Dragutinovic can appeal the decision but must do so within three days of the receipt of the written grounds for the decision.
Scolari will now be sidelined from Portugal's upcoming matches in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in October, and at home against Armenia and Finland in November.
Before and during the match, he will not be allowed to go in the team dressing-room, the tunnel, or the technical zone, or on the pitch. In addition, he will not be allowed to communicate with his team.
Portugal sit third in qualifying group A four points adrift of Poland and two behind Finland, both of whom have played one game more than Scolari's side.
Serbia are in fourth place on 16 points, one adrift of Portugal.