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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 11:41 GMT
Coach raps 'honest' Bothroyd
Jay Bothroyd
Bothroyd is the only Englishman in Serie A
English striker Jay Bothroyd has been slammed by his own coach because he did not go down for a penalty during Perugia's 1-0 defeat to Roma.

Bothroyd, the only Englishman in Seria A, was upended by Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi but stayed on his feet.

That infuriated his coach Serse Cosmi, who wanted the former Coventry man to try to win a spot-kick.

"If you get hit in the penalty area you have to go down. If you don't you are only half a player," Cosmi said.

"Football has only one language - loyalty. He would have shown that if he had fallen."

Perhaps with tongue-in-cheek, Cosmi added: "I'm not saying we should put up a statue in honour of Bothroyd, but he does deserve applause for not falling down."

Bothroyd signed a three-year contract with Perugia last summer after being released by First Division Coventry City.

Perugia's narrow defeat left them third from bottom and in serious danger of falling out of the top flight.

The club are still looking for their first win of the season having drawn nine and lost seven after 16 matches played.





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