Maradona hit with ban

Friendly match: Russia 2 - 3 Argentina

Argentina boss Diego Maradona has been slapped with a two month ban from football following his outburst at a press conference last month following the victory over Uruguay.

The 49 year old, who was under a lot of pressure following a lacklustre World Cup qualifying campaign, launched an expletive-filled vicious attack on reporters and critics.

“The committee reached this decision following a three-hour meeting,” said Fifa in a statement.

“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.”

Maradona was fined 25,000 Swiss francs (€16,500) and the ban will run from November 15 to January 15, 2010.

His side went down 2-1 to Spain in a friendly over the weekend.

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