International Soccer

Switzerland coach Hitzfeld suspended two games

Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was suspended two matches by FIFA on Tuesday for making an obscene gesture at the referee after a World Cup qualifier in October.

Hitzfeld briefly raised his middle finger toward the referee after a qualifier against Norway, and FIFA decided the coach was guilty of breaking rules about "offensive behavior and fair play."

In addition to the suspension, Hitzfeld was also fined around $7,500.

Switzerland sits atop Group E in UEFA World Cup qualifying with 10 points, and will be without its coach for matches against Cyprus on March 23 and June 8.

11/20 14:46:26 ET

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