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U.S. soccer player slapped by rival coach

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As the players and coaches were walking off the field Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, following the 2-0 U.S. win over Mexico in a World Cup qualifier, American player Frankie Hejduk was confronted by Mexican assistant Paco Ramirez, who proceeded to slap him (video after the jump.). As Hejduk told the Washington Post:

"I was just trying to pump the crowd up [as he was leaving the field]. I was actually saying, 'F*&% yeah!' I think they thought I was saying, 'F*&% you.'

It was a misunderstanding and I can see why they would be a little bit upset if they thought I was saying the other one, which I wasn't. At the end of the day, no one was hurt. There was a little love tap and that was it. I still have my face. No damage done. It was fun. That's just how emotional this game is and that's how passionate they are about their sport. It was none of their players -- I want to make that clear to everyone."

Hat tip to Sports Rubbish.