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Maradona faces disciplinary hearing on Sunday

November 10, 2009
By Reuters

Argentina coach Diego Maradona will appear before a FIFA disciplinary committee on Sunday over his foul-mouthed outburst last month.

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GettyImagesDiego Maradona celebrates victory in Uruguay

FIFA said last month that Maradona, who was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup as a player for a doping offence, could face a stadium ban for his rant at the end of the 1-0 win in Uruguay that guaranteed his team a place at next year's World Cup.

"The disciplinary hearing related to the head coach of Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona, and the incidents following the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Uruguay and Argentina on 14 October 2009 will be held at the home of FIFA in Zurich on Sunday, 15 November," FIFA said in a statement.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Marcel Mathier, will grant the head coach of Argentina a hearing, which will take place the day after the international friendly match between Spain and Argentina in Madrid."

Maradona rounded on his critics immediately after the final whistle of the match in Montevideo. He launched into an expletive-filled rant when interviewed on the touchline and produced another outburst in the post-match media conference broadcast live on several television networks.

The 1986 World Cup winner had been heavily criticised for Argentina's defeats by Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay that nearly saw the two-time world champions fail to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1970.