Roma coach not fined for cell phone use on bench

Roma coach Rudi Garcia will not be fined for talking on his cell

phone on the bench.

The curious incident occurred during the first half of a 2-0 win

over Livorno on Sunday in Garcia’s Italian league debut.

Talking on the phone on the bench is not allowed but the referee

did not report the incident and football federation officials have

also not mentioned it to authorities.

Garcia explained that he was simply discussing tactics with an

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

in the French league.

For this weekend’s match with Hellas Verona, however, Roma is

organizing a two-way radio for the coaches to use.