11 Apr 2012

Baseball team manager suspended

5:28 am on 11 April 2012

The Miami Marlins baseball team has suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised Fidel Castro in a magazine interview.

Guillen, 48, told Time magazine he loves Fidel Castro and admires the way he survived in power in Cuba for almost 50 years.

He later apologised for the comments, saying he was deeply "embarrassed" by having offended Miami's Cuban exile community, which is mostly deeply opposed to the Cuban government.

The Marlins opened a new ballpark in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami last week.

Guillen, who formerly coached the Chicago White Sox, became manager of the Marlins last year.