Genoa's Perin won't be dropped for drunk driving
Nov. 24, 2014
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has announced the club will fine Mattia Perin but retain him in the squad after the Italy goalkeeper was stopped for drunk driving.
The 22-year-old Perin was stopped in his Volkswagen Golf by police in Genoa on Friday night and found to be over the allowable blood-alcohol limit following a breathalyzer test.
Gasperini said Sunday that Perin was on his way back from a dinner which he and Andrea Bertolacci had offered to their teammates to celebrate their Italy debuts.
Gasperini adds "this doesn't undermine my admiration for a guy who is a serious professional, who has all my respect."
Genoa hosts Palermo Monday.
Gasperini dropped former Genoa midfielder Francelino Matuzalem for last year's trip to Juventus as punishment for a similar offence.