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Embattled Mexico soccer coach 'El Piojo' Herrera fired after claim he punched journalist

  • Mexico fans hold an image of head coach Miguel Herrera as they cheer before the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match between Mexico and Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Mexico fans hold an image of head coach Miguel Herrera as they cheer before the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match between Mexico and Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera yells during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera yells during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera yells during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera yells during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

Embattled Mexican national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera has been fired following a TV reporter's claim that the coach known as "El Piojo" punched him.

Soccer Federation head Decio de Maria announced the move Tuesday afternoon.

The incident involving Television Azteca's Christian Martinoli took place Monday at the Philadelphia airport as the team prepared to return to Mexico following its 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the Concacaf Gold Cup championship match.

Martinoli accuses Herrera of hitting him in the neck.

The journalist has been a tough critic of Herrera, as have many Mexican fans and pundits disappointed with the team's play.

Mexico advanced to the final after winning two knockout-round matches with the help of controversial late penalties.