Two month ban for Maradona outburst

ARGENTINA coach Diego Maradona has been banned from any participation in the sport for two months and fined almost &pound;15,000 for his foul-mouthed outburst at reporters.<br /><br />Maradona, who had been criticised in the press for his side&rsquo;s lacklustre performances, erupted after Argentina sealed their place at next year&rsquo;s World Cup with a 1-0 win in Uruguay last month.<br /><br />The World Cup winning former captain apologised for his comments at a hearing in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday. But it was not enough to dissuade Fifa from banning the 49-year-old from &ldquo;any football-related activity&rdquo; until 15 January 2010. The world governing body also fined Maradona &pound;14,800, and warned him that any similar outbursts would incur &ldquo;stronger sanctions&rdquo;.<br /><br />Maradona rounded on his critics in a pitch-side interview seconds after the final whistle in Montevideo and then again in a post-match press conference that was broadcast live on some television networks.<br /><br />The former Napoli and Barcelona playmaker, who infamously helped defeat England at the 1986 World Cup with his so-called Hand of God goal, is no stranger to controversy and came under severe pressure during the qualification campaign.