Direct call: Roma coach phones tribune for help

Was he ordering a pizza? Or perhaps simply checking in with his

family at home?

It was a curious moment when new Roma coach Rudi Garcia was seen

talking on his cell phone as he sat on the bench during the first

half of a 2-0 win over Livorno in his Italian league debut

Sunday.

Afterward, Garcia explained that he was simply talking with an

assistant coach up in the tribune, a habit he developed with Lille

in the French league.

However, the call could be judged as a breach of Serie A rules

and earn the Frenchman a fine.

Garcia says he used his phone because a two-way radio wasn’t

working.

Told of the rules, he said ”Well then it seems it’s different

here from France.”