US coach Jurgen Klinsmann won’t be on the sideline for his side’s Gold Cup final against Panama on Sunday, Concacaf ruled on Friday.
Former Germany star Klinsmann was sensationally sent off in the 87th minute of the USA’s 3-1 semi-final triumph over Honduras on Wednesday for an angry outburst over a hard tackle on DaMarcus Beasley.
Concacaf, football’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said Friday that it had reviewed the incident and suspended Klinsmann for one match.
A statement from Concacaf noted that Klinsmann showed “dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner” in the incident in the match in the Dallas suburb of Arlington.
“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,” the statement said. “This decision cannot be appealed.”
The Americans are seeking their fifth title in the regional championship, after previously taking the crown in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
It will be the fifth final in a row for the Americans, who beat Panama on penalty kicks in 2005 and Mexico in 2007 only to lose to Mexico in 2009 and 2011. AFP