After deliberation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced today that Fernando Santos’ suspension would be reduced from eight games to two games. Santos, the current Portuguese National Team coach, earned his eight-match suspension during last summer’s World Cup, where he was in charge of the Greek National Team. During the second round match against Costa Rica, Santos was expelled from the match, because of an alleged remark he made to the referee.
Santos will now only have to sit out Portugal’s next two competitive matches. The first is this Sunday against Serbia; the second in June against Armenia. The suspension only applies to competitive fixtures, making Santos able to lead the team on the 31st against Cape Verde and in any other future friendlies.
This decision was expected for some time, with many feeling that the punishment of an eight match suspension was steep for Santos. This decision also vindicates the Portuguese Football Federation, who were criticized heavily for granting the head coach position to a suspended manager. Nevertheless, Santos appears to be pushing the Seleção in the right direction, with three wins from the coach’s first four games.