08/04/2014 11:06 EDT | Updated 10/04/2014 05:59 EDT

Fernando Santos, Former Greece Coach, Banned By FIFA After Verbal Abuse

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Greece's Portuguese coach Fernando Santos speaks during a press conference at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on June 28, 2014, a day before the game against Costa Rica for the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

ZURICH - FIFA has banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international matches for verbally abusing officials during his team's World Cup elimination match against Costa Rica.

FIFA said Monday that Santos displayed "several acts of unsporting conduct" and was banished from the dugout after extra time in the second-round match. Greece then lost the penalty shootout.

FIFA says Santos must the serve the ban in official competitive matches played by the next national team he coaches.

The sanction likely ends the Portuguese coach's international career. His Greece contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee also suspended Italy medical official Aldo Esposito for six matches.

Esposito was sent from the dugout for unsporting conduct during Italy's 1-0 loss against Uruguay.

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