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Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 03:12 GMT
Rossi disciplined as boss sees red
Youssef Rossi has seen red twice in three games
Youssef Rossi has seen red twice in three games
Moroccan international Youssef Rossi has been blasted by his own manager after being sent off against Dundee United.

The Dunfermline Athletic defender was red carded for a second bookable offence and then, as he left the pitch, made a gesture at United fans that could yet lead to police action.

It was his second sending off in three games in the black and white stripes after sufferering an early bath in his Under-21s debut.

Now Jimmy Calderwood has ordered him to clean up his act.

While Rossi was receiving criticism, his central defensive partner, Lithuanian international Andrius Skerla, was being linked with a move to the league leaders.

However, Calderwood said: "It wouldn't surprise me, but I've heard nothing from Celtic. We need him here."

Dunfermline's 10 men battled back from 2-0 down at Tannadice only to lose thanks to a late penalty and Calderwood said: "Youssef's sending off did not help us."

Rossi, who has just returned to action after a cruciate ligament injury, has marked the likes of Ronaldo in the World Cup finals, but his manager feels the tables may be turned.

"He might become a marked man, but he is not helping himself," said Calderwood.

"There was no debate about the second one, I did not see the first.

Youssef Rossi slides into Rangers' Kenny Miller
Rossi slides in against Rangers' Kenny Miller
"But the second one was ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous for a man of his experience.

"I don't care how long he's been out, or how many games he's missed, or how much he wants to win a game, you just cannot win a game like that.

"That never helped us and he will be firmly dealt with."

Calderwood admits that he also had a few homes truths to tell at half-time with his side trailing the Premier League's bottom team.

"All the good things that we have been doing for weeks we didn't do," he said.

Even so, he admits that United surprised him with their early formation and had forced him to make several adjustments.

"They were so annoyed with themselves and I was so disappointed with them first half, but I was so proud second half," he said.

"We bombed them, absolutely bombed them.

"Even if they had 11 men, we were the best team, two each and we were cruising.

"Then we gave a needless corner away and David's got done for handling the ball. Stupid after doing so well."

David Moss was also sent off for the hand ball, which means that he and Rossi miss Wednesday's visit on Hearts.

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