Meet Juan Carlos Osorio. He’s been the coach of Mexico’s national fútbol squad since 2015.
He’s usually a mild-mannered, composed dude on the field. During matches, the obsessive tactician spends a lot of his time on the sideline writing notes into a notepad.
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But during yesterday’s Confederations Cup group match versus New Zealand (Mexico won 2-1), this happened:
🇲🇽 Mexico's Juan Carlos Osorio hurling vocals at New Zealand during the #ConfederationsCup …
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Viewers at home were like:
Yep, Osorio lost it.
Instead of using an insult like “carechimba,” the Colombian went with a word that would be easily understood by the New Zealanders.
Why? He was angry because New Zealand continued to play (and nearly scored) even though one of Mexico’s players was injured on the field.
In the spirit of “fair play,” a team will usually kick a ball out of bounds to give the injured player time to recover or receive treatment. Here’s an example:
In this video, the player, despite having a clear a scoring opportunity, chooses to boot the ball out of bounds after seeing an opposing player go down.
In a post-game interview, Osorio apologized.
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But he also claimed that a member of New Zealand’s coaching staff encouraged the team to continue playing even though one of his players was down, which is what set him off.
In a post-match press conference, New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said his staff figured if there was any wrongdoing on their part, it would be reviewed by the VAR (Video Assistant Referee), which is being tested at the Confederations Cup.
“The conversation between me and my assistant was ‘Let’s just wait for the video… see what happens and the outcome is going to be black and white.’”
It appears this was an isolated incident for Osorio, who will probably do this next time he’s heated:
— andres ruiz (@lionserengeti) June 22, 2017
Mexico faces Russia on Saturday in their third group match of the Confederations cup. A win or a tie guarantees Mexico advances to the next round.
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