Eight-game Fifa ban for former Greece coach Fernando Santos

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 12:43am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 12:43am


Fifa banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international games yesterday for verbally abusing match officials at the World Cup.

Santos was banished from the dugout after extra time during Greece's second-round match against Costa Rica, which finished 1-1. His team then lost the penalty shoot-out.

Santos displayed "several acts of unsporting conduct toward the match officials", Fifa said.

Fifa said Santos must serve the ban in official competitive matches played by the next national team he coaches.

The sanction is likely to end the Portuguese coach's top-level international career, though he can appeal. His Greece contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil.

Fifa said its disciplinary committee also suspended Italy medical official Aldo Esposito for six matches.

Esposito was sent from the dugout for unsporting conduct during Italy's 1-0 loss against Uruguay. That group-stage match was made infamous by Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

In a round-up of World Cup disciplinary cases yesterday, Fifa noted that Suarez has eight competitive Uruguay matches left on his nine-match ban. Fifa also banned him from all football for four months.

But Suarez has appealed all sanctions in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is expected to give a verdict later this month.

Claudio Marchisio, who was sent off against Uruguay, will miss Italy's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier in Norway on September 9.