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Mexicos' national soccer team head coach Miguel Herrera, (F) celebrates with Andres Guardado after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match defeating Jamaica 3-1 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA, 26 July 2015. PHOTO/AFP

Mexicos’ national soccer team head coach Miguel Herrera, (F) celebrates with Andres Guardado after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match defeating Jamaica 3-1 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA, 26 July 2015. PHOTO/AFP

MEXICO CITY, July 28- Mexico coach Miguel Herrera denied punching a journalist at the Philadelphia airport, one day after Mexico clinched the Gold Cup with a 3-1 win over Jamaica.

Christian Martinoli of TV Azteca told AS Mexico that he ran into the Mexico team after clearing security at the airport.

Martinoli, who had been critical of Herrera during Mexico’s run to a seventh title in the biennial North American football championship, said the coach punched him in the neck after threatening him in the security line.

“He threatened me, he challenged me to fight and he told me ‘this is how it is going to be every time I see you,’” Martinoli said.

Herrera, however, denied striking Martinoli, admitting only to pushing him.

“I pushed him,” Herrera told El Universal newspaper. “We were arguing and I pushed him.”

Speaking to a reporter from the Televisa network, Herrera again denied hitting Martinoli.

“I’m not that stupid,” he said.

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