17 Oct 2009

Maradona could face five-match ban for outburst

7:15 am on 17 October 2009

Argentina's football coach Diego Maradona could face a suspension of up to five matches for an obscenity-filled outburst at a news conference after his side's world cup qualifying win over Uruguay.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced the charges in Cairo with the sanction ranging from a simple warning to several games.

Maradona, who was relieved at Argentina's last-gasp qualification for the 2010 finals after a 1-0 win over Uruguay in Montevideo, used bad language when he hit out at critics who had questioned his coaching ability.

His comments were broadcast live on several television stations.