Paulo Wanchope Resigns As Costa Rica Soccer Coach Following Stadium Fight

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Costa Rican national team coach Paulo Wanchope has resigned following his involvement in a fistfight in Panama.

Wanchope was watching his country’s under-23 team play in Panama on Tuesday when the scuffle broke out.

Costa Rica’s soccer federation said in a statement Wednesday that Wanchope had decided to “step aside.”

Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0.

Video of the incident shows Wanchope angrily opening a gate to the field and shoving a youth standing behind it, while apparently receiving a shove from a man standing beside the gate. Wanchope then turns and punches the man, who kicks and hits him before police intervene.

Watch: Wanchope fights man at stadium in Panama >>

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@fdpradio

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