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Costa Rica Coach Fights During U-23 Game

Footage of former Manchester City striker Paulo Wanchope has surfaced in which the Costa Rica U-23 national team coach is brawling with a security guard during a game in Panama.

The Guardian reports that Wanchope, 39, got into a fight with a security guard after being denied access to the field after the final whistle in a 2016 Olympic qualifier game between Costa Rica and Panama. The men exchanged punches and kicks before being separated by police.

1In the video, you can see a clearly frustrated Wanchope moving a barrier to get access to the field, and as the security guard slaps Wanchope in the back of the head, the brawl breaks out.

Reports say that Wanchope was unhappy with the performance of the referee and was on his way down to the pitch to exchange some words when the scuffle began.

Wanchope spent seven years in England, playing for Derby County, West Ham United, and Manchester City. He also spent a season with the Chicago Fire in the MLS in 2007. Wanchope has been with the Costa Rican national team since 2014, and scored 45 goals in 73 caps as a player.

He was assistant coach for Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup, and is now in charge of the U-23 team. The game between Costa Rica and Panama ended in a scoreless draw.

The video of the brawl can be seen here.

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