Soccer: Samp boss Rossi apologises for giving the finger

Coach to pay club fine, money to go to charity

Soccer: Samp boss Rossi apologises for giving the finger

Genoa, February 11 - Sampdoria boss Delio Rossi on Monday apologised for showing his middle finger to AS Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso during his side's 3-1 win in Serie A on Sunday. The gesture plunged Rossi back into controversy after he hit the headlines last year for attacking one of his own players during a game with his former club Fiorentina. "I'm sorry about the gesture at the end of yesterday's match because I have always given and demanded respect," Rossi, a former coach of Roma's city rivals Lazio, said in a statement on the Genoa club's website. He said that the money from a fine the club had handed him for the gesture would go to a hospital charity. He was given a two-match touchline ban by Serie A's sporting judge on Monday. Rossi was sacked by Fiorentina two games before the end of last season and banned from soccer for three months for trying to punch Serbian striker Adem Ljajic during a 2-2 draw with Novara. The coach was angered by Ljajic sarcastically clapping after being substituted.

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