Alexis Garcia: Sante Fe coach banned for poking ball boy in the eye

Alexis Garcia
Garcia won 25 caps for Colombia as a player

A Colombian football coach has been banned for three matches for deliberately poking a ball boy in the eye.

Independiente Santa Fe boss Alexis Garcia was unhappy with the ball boys at Nacional returning the ball quickly, as their opponents chased an equaliser.

He said he was just pointing towards the ball boy to draw the referee's attention to him.

"I stuck out my hand and the kid came with his face," Garcia, 66, said.

The incident happened in the 82nd minute of the first division match in Medellin, which Santa Fe won 1-0.

The referee missed the incident but ex-Colombia midfielder Garcia, was subsequently banned and fined 2.7 million Colombian pesos (£600).

"Garcia in his public position as Independiente Santa Fe's coach is meant to set an example," league organisers Dimayor said in a statement.

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