Monday morning on the way to a Delta flight at Philadelphia global Airport, Herrera ran into TV Azteca sportscaster, Christian Martinoli, who he has had an ongoing feud with via social media.
Decio de Maria, the incoming president of Mexico’s soccer federation, made the announcement during a news conference in Mexico City.
Less than two months later, after winning a two-legged playoff against New Zealand to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, it was announced that Herrera would remain national team coach through the World Cup.
Mexico won the Gold Cup in Chile by beating Jamaica 3-1 on Sunday, but their semifinal win over Panama was marred by controversial decisions by the referee.
“Our values and principles must be maintained regardless of results”. Martinoli went on to say Herrera said, “It will be like this everytime we meet”.
“We are surprised and concerned by the behavior of the national team coach”, the statement said.
The coach of Mexico’s national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.
Herrera had just led El Tri to the tournament title hours before he allegedly punched TV Azteca reporter Christian Martinoli in the back of the neck and challenged him to a fight outside the terminal at Philadelphia global Airport. Throughout the tournament, Herrera became somewhat of a cult figure due to his sideline antics.
De Maria added: “Despite some extraordinary success during his coaching career, the results can not rise above our statutes, regulations, respect and freedom of expression”.
The journalist has been a tough critic of Herrera, as have many Mexican fans and pundits disappointed with the team’s performance. “It’s a great satisfaction for all of us”.
Herrera on the other hand, issued a public apology for his actions, claiming that he should have been more tactful with the incident. In October, it faces regional rival the United States in a qualifying playoff for the 2017 Confederations Cup.