Decio de Maria (pictured), the incoming Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, at a press conference to announce the dismissal of Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY -- Decio de Maria, who will officially become president of the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación on August 1, announced Tuesday that national team head coach Miguel Herrera has been fired just two days after winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The move was made following an alleged physical confrontation between Herrera and a member of the media at Philadelphia International Airport on Monday.
“Violence does not fit into society, into family and much less in any sport,” said de Maria at a press conference. “Nobody who wants to react with aggression and not ideas and concepts on the principle of freedom of expression can be a member of the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol.
"The Mexican fans deserve respect, people of integrity that represent what we want national football to be: a healthy spectacular, family, to join us in our passion.”
Herrera was appointed to the job in October 2013, leading the then-struggling Tricolor to victory over New Zealand in a two-legged intercontinental playoff for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In Brazil, he led Mexico to the round of 16, where it fell to the Netherlands.
The Gold Cup triumph was Mexico first international trophy since capturing the 2011 edition of the competition.
"It's not an easy decision,” de Maria expressed. “It is a complex decision, but I said it shows just what we are and what we should be."