Paulo Wanchope might want to reconsider how, when and where he picks his battles.
Wanchope, head coach of Costa Rica’s national team, was involved in a fight Tuesday night at a stadium in Panama during a pre-Olympic qualifying game between the countries’ U-23 teams. Video of Wanchope’s stadium fight with a smaller man made waves around the soccer world after it surfaced on the Internet.
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Wanchope lost this particular battle. It remains to be seen how the incident will effect his employment status with the Costa Rican Federation, which said in a statement it is waiting to gather all the relevant information before commenting or taking action against the former Manchester City and Chicago Fire striker.
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Wanchope should have heeded the lesson of Miguel Herrera, who lost his job as Mexico’s coach last month because he started a fight with a reporter at Philadelphia International Airport following El Tri’s triumph in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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