Colombia manager punches female heckler, quits

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

On Saturday night, Colombia manager Hernan Dario Gomez punched a woman outside a Bogota night club for insulting his job performance (Colombia lost to Peru in the quarterfinals of Copa America). According to witnesses, the woman appeared to be drunk and Gomez punched her twice.

On Monday, he issued an apology (via Reuters):

"I want to say publicly that I'm deeply sorry for this occurrence and having lost control the way I did," the 55-year-old, nicknamed "Bolillo", said in a statement.

"I want to offer my public apologies for my behavior. Under no circumstances is such an attitude acceptable and less so from a person like me who in a 26-year career in professional football had never faced a similar situation.

"This act shames me in front of my mother, my wife and each and every one of the women in my family and my country," said Gomez, who took charge of the Colombia team for the second time in May after spells with Ecuador and Guatemala.

But, when a grown man punches a woman, saying "sorry" often isn't enough. So with public pressure mounting, Gomez resigned from his post on Tuesday. So that leaves Colombia without a manager and Gomez without a job all because he couldn't walk away from the insults of a drunk woman. We don't know what she said to get such a terrible reaction from Gomez, but I'm guessing it was an in-depth tactical analysis of his 4-1-4-1 formation using chalkboards and graphs.

Photo: Reuters

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