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Former Greece coach Fernando Santos handed eight-match international ban

Last Updated: 04/08/14 5:33pm

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Fernando Santos: Former Greece coach handed an eight-match international ban

Fernando Santos: Former Greece coach handed an eight-match international ban

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Former Greece coach Fernando Santos has been handed an eight-match international ban after he was sent off at the end of the World Cup match against Costa Rica.

The 59-year old has since been replaced by Claudio Ranieri as the Greece national coach after his contract expired at the end of the World Cup.

FIFA said in a statement that Santos, who was sent from the dugout at the end of extra time in the last-16 tie on June 29, had been guilty of “several acts of unsporting conduct towards the match officials”.

FIFA also confirmed that Santos must serve the ban in official competitive matches played by the next national team he coaches. The sanction is likely to end the Portuguese coach’s top-level international career.

Santos has been given the right to appeal.

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