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Portugal coach’s touchline ban on hold amid appeal

October 13, 2014

Portugal’s new coach Fernando Santos has had an eight-game touchline ban put on hold by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The court said Monday in a statement that the former Greece coach can perform his coaching duties until the arbitration process concludes, which is expected to happen by the end of November.

Santos’s heavy sanction came after he verbally abused match officials during Greece’s second-round elimination by Costa Rica at the World Cup in June. Santos was banished from the dugout after extra time, which finished 1-1. Greece then lost the penalty shootout.

Santos will now be on the touchline on Tuesday when Portugal plays away against Denmark in European Championship qualifying.

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