By DUNCAN BOCHICCHIO
It’s no news that Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has a wild side to him, which was quite clear from his sideline celebrations in last year’s World Cup, but that wild side has now, allegedly, translated off the field.
Following Mexico’s victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, Herrera confronted TV Azteca’s reporter Christian Martinoli in a Philadelphia airport. Martinoli claims that Herrera struck him on his neck, and former Mexico International and now-reporter Luis Garcia stepped in to stop the altercation from escalating further.
According to Azteca News, “El Piojo” denies ever hitting Martinoli, saying “Yes, I argued with him, but I didn’t hit him, I’m not that stupid.” Martinoli has been one of Herrera’s biggest critics, and the two argued over Twitter following Mexico’s early exit in this summer’s Copa America. Azteca TV’s David Medrano also reported that Herrera’s daughter slapped Luis Garcia as he stepped in to break up the exchange.
Herrera was hoping to silence the critics by winning this year’s Gold Cup, but if what Martinoli claims is true, it doesn’t matter how many trophies Mexico wins, Herrera could be forced to step down. There is still no video evidence or official statement from the Selección de Fútbol de México (Mexico’s Football Federation), but expect to hear more from this story very soon.