FIFA has banned Argentina coach Diego Maradona from all football activities for two months for his expletive-filled rants aimed at journalists after his team qualified for the World Cup.

FIFA’s disciplinary panel heard Maradona give evidence during a three-hour hearing before excluding him from football until January 15.

The 49-year-old coach will miss Argentina’s friendly against the Czech Republic on December 16. He also was fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,250; euro16,500).

FIFA said Maradona apologised to the world football family and showed “sincere remorse.”

The 1986 World Cup-winning captain launched his profane tirade at media critics after Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in its final qualifier last month.

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