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Costa Rican manager Paulo Wanchope resigns after soccer brawl – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 18th, 2015 by Ian

Costa Rican manager Paulo Wanchope resigns after soccer brawl
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The manager of Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team resigned in mid-August after he was caught up in a brawl while watching an Under-23 game in Panama. He may have gotten away with it, but his actions were all caught on video. Reports stated that the 39-year-old former English Premier League and Costa Rican national player was unhappy with the refereeing during the match and decided to take matters into his own hands. The game between Costa Rica and Panama, which was an Olympic qualifying contest, ended in a 0-0 draw.

Wanchope resigned the day after the game and after the video surfaced. Costa Rica’s football federation released a statement regarding his departure and simply said the former boss had decided to step aside from his job. The film footage shows Wanchope opening up a gate down by the pitch and then pushing aside a youth who was standing just behind it. A man who was standing beside the gate then pushed Wanchope and the former manager then turned and punched him. The man, who was reportedly a security guard, responded with a kick and punch of his own before the scuffle was broken up by police.

According to Ramon Cardoze, who is the Panama Soccer Federation’s vice president, Wanchope had approached the pitch several times earlier in the game to voice his displeasure at the officiating by shouting at them. He also claimed the match was fixed, which wouldn’t be the first time a soccer game has been rigged. Cardoze added that Wanchope had a pass which allowed him to enter the field of play after the game had ended, but now while it was still in action and not in such an aggressive manner. The Costa Rican press jumped all over Wanchope following the incident by calling it embarrassing and shameful.

Wanchope had taken over the reins with the Costa Rican team last year February after working as its interim coach in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Wanchope hasn’t been the only high-profile sports figure throwing punches recently. The Mexican football federation fired men’s national team manager Miguel Herrera just a few weeks ago for allegedly throwing a punch at a television broadcaster and NFL linebacker IK Enemkpali of the New York Jets broke the jaw of quarterback Geno Smith with a sucker punch. Enemkpali reportedly hit Smith in the locker room following a practice due to a dispute over $600. Smith is now expected to be out of action for about 10 weeks. Enemkpali was released and was then signed by the Buffalo Bills just 24 hours later.

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