CONCACAF bans Klinsmann for Gold Cup final

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CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann will miss the Gold Cup final Sunday against Panama after drawing a one-game suspension for his tirade during the tournament semifinals.

CONCACAF's disciplinary committee handed out the punishment Friday night, saying FIFA's rules call for anyone ejected from a match to be banned from the following game. Klinsmann was ejected in the 87th minute Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Honduras after protesting several no-calls against his players. He slammed a ball into the ground and could be seen yelling and gesturing angrily in the direction of the referee.

He later apologized, saying he'd acted out of frustration.

While the U.S. players would prefer to have Klinsmann on the bench, they say his absence won't be a distraction.

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