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Two month ban for Maradona

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Marcel Mathier, decided today 15 November in Zurich to impose a two month ban on taking part in any football related activity and a 25,000 CHF fine on the head coach of Argentina Diego Armando Maradona, in relation to the disciplinary proceedings related to the incidents following the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Uruguay and Argentina played on 14 October 2009 in Montevideo.

The committee reached this decision following a three hour meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The head coach of Argentina was heard by the committee during 40 minutes and apologised to FIFA and the world football family. The committee took into consideration the apologies and the sincere remorse shown by Maradona in its decision, which was communicated to him at the end of the meeting.

The sanction, which was taken on the basis of article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, applies from 15 November 2009 to 15 January 2010. The committee stressed that any breach of this decision or any repetition of a similar incident would mean that stronger sanctions would have to be imposed in the future.

The punishment follows Maradona's outburst following the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay last month.

Maradona hit out at his critics following his side's 1-0 win in Montevideo on October 14, which secured their place at next summer's finals in South Africa.

The 49-year-old apologised for his comments at the hearing in Zurich on Sunday but FIFA opted to impose the ban as well as a £14,800 fine.

Maradona took over as Argentina head coach in November last year and was fiercely criticised for his handling of the national team's World Cup qualification campaign.

The former World Cup winner used over 70 players before the team finally earned qualification to the finals with victory in their last match against neighbours Uruguay.

It was after that match that Maradona unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at the media and prompted FIFA to act.

Maradona's ban is effective immediately meaning he will not be able to return to coach his country until January 16.

"The committee reached this decision following a three-hour meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich," a statement from FIFA read.

"The head coach of Argentina was heard by the committee during 40 minutes and apologised to FIFA and the world football family.

"The committee took into consideration the apologies and the sincere remorse shown by Maradona in its decision, which was communicated to him at the end of the meeting.

"The sanction, which was taken on the basis of article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, applies from 15 November 2009 to 15 January 2010.

"The committee stressed that any breach of this decision or any repetition of a similar incident would mean that stronger sanctions would have to be imposed in the future."

Source: Fifa.com/Teamtalk.com

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