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CONCACAF disciplinary committee bans Jurgen Klinsmann from Gold Cup final

Brooks Peck
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USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann will not be on the touchline for the Gold Cup final against Panama after being given a one-match ban for getting sent off in the final minutes of his side's 3-1 semifinal win against Honduras. The dismissal itself seemed to be a harsh punishment for Klinsmann's protests against Honduras' rough play going unnoticed by the officials and his subsequent spiking of a ball, which he apologized for after the match.

As a result of the sending off the decision on whether he would receive a one match ban or not was put to CONCACAF's disciplinary committee, which has decided to punish Klinsmann further.

Here's the CONCACAF statement in full:

Following a review today by the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee, in accordance with Article VI.1b of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Regulations, it was decided that United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for one match. This decision was reached in accordance with Articles 18.4, 19.1, 19.2 and 20 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

Mr. Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match against Honduras on July 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas, USA.

His suspension will be served in the USA’s next match, which is scheduled to take place on July 28, 2013, at the Gold Cup final in Chicago.

This decision cannot be appealed in accordance with the FIFA DC Art. 118.

To say that Klinsmann "threw a ball in a violent manner" is an absurd interpretation of what happened, but it's also the distortion necessary to try and justify a ban. He didn't throw the ball at someone, he bounced off the ground in frustration over the actual offenses being overlooked on the pitch. In the future Klinsmann will have to be careful to avoid other violent acts like clapping or forcefully moving the air by waving his arms.

Of course, these kinds of decisions from CONCACAF aren't surprising. The confederation has a reputation for both poor officiating and corruption. And Klinsmann has endeared himself to fans by showing his unwillingness to accept that status quo since becoming manager.

The way the USA has been playing, it's hard to see Klinsmann's absence from the dugout hurting them enough to create a risk of breaking their team record 10-match winning streak. In fact, this development could further motivate and galvanize the team (and support in Chicago, where the final will be played) under Klinsmann's long-time assistant, Martin Vasquez. And hopefully by saying that I didn't just jinx it.

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