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The altercation with Venezuelan officials, which followed his side's semi-final penalty shoot-out win, has resulted in the boss being handed a two-game suspension

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has been given a two-match touchline ban after taking part in a post-match brawl following his country's Copa America semi-final win over Venezuela.

With emotions running high after a 5-3 victory for Paraguay on penalties, players and staff from both sides were involved in an unruly scuffle. Martino had himself already been sent off during the match for dissent and he saw his side reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Dario Veron.

As a result, Martino, who has been coach of the national team since 2006, will have to watch Sunday's final against neighbours Uruguay from the stands.

Martino's opposite number, Cesar Farias, made it clear after the game that he felt the blame lay squarely at the feet of the Paraguayan camp.

"Today we have seen how [an established] World Cup team [in Paraguay] and some of their officials had to come and provoke us," he told the post-game press conference.

"Now we are so important that they already know our names, we are so important that we got to penalties and we are so important they have to come and attack us after the game."

Paraguay have progressed to Sunday's final despite failing to win a single match in the tournament so far, progressing on penalties in each of their two knockout matches.

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