Juan Carlos Osorio won’t be directing Mexico in the Gold Cup. (Photo by Michael Lewis)
Juan Carlos Osorio is out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the competition hasn’t even begun.
The Mexican national coach has been suspended by FIFA for six games after his outburst during the third-place match at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
The former Red Bulls head coach also was fined $5,185, the federation’s disciplinary committee announced Friday.
In Mexico’s 2-1 extratime defeat to Portugal, the committee said Osorio “used insulting words towards the match officials while displaying an aggressive attitude towards them.”
Depending on how many matches Mexico plays in the Gold Cup, Osorio’s suspension could carry over to games after the competition.
El Tri, the defending Gold Cup champion, traditionally goes far in the tournament. Each team is assured of three group stage matches. The champion and runner-up will play six matches apiece.
The Mexicans open the tournament against El Salvador at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego Sunday.