Sevilla fires coach after his return from treating cancer

December 22, 2017
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, Sevilla's head coach Eduardo Berizzo gestures to his players during their Champions League group E soccer match against Spartak Moscowat the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow, Russia. Sevilla says it has fired Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo. His firing on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 comes a week after Berizzo returned to Sevilla's bench after an absence to receive treatment for a prostate tumor. (AP Photo/Pavel Govolkin, file)

MADRID (AP) — Sevilla fired Eduardo Berizzo on Friday, a week after the Argentine coach returned from treatment for prostate cancer.

The Spanish club said his firing was due to the “streak of bad results of the team.”

Sevilla had lost at Real Madrid 5-0, drawn with Levante 0-0, and lost at Real Sociedad 3-1.

The team is fifth in the Spanish league and set to face Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16.

Sevilla announced on Nov. 22 that Berizzo had prostate cancer.

Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci coached Sevilla for four matches while he was away.

Berizzo joined the club in the offseason after impressing at Celta Vigo.

Sevilla said it was in negotiations with his replacement who it hopes will take over during the upcoming winter break.

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