- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

GENOA, Italy (AP) - Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has announced the club will fine Mattia Perin but retain him in the squad after the Italy goalkeeper was stopped for drunk driving.

The 22-year-old Perin was stopped in his Volkswagen Golf by police in Genoa on Friday night and found to be over the allowable blood-alcohol limit following a breathalyzer test.

Gasperini said Sunday that Perin was on his way back from a dinner which he and Andrea Bertolacci had offered to their teammates to celebrate their Italy debuts.

Gasperini adds “this doesn’t undermine my admiration for a guy who is a serious professional, who has all my respect.”

Genoa hosts Palermo Monday.

Gasperini dropped former Genoa midfielder Francelino Matuzalem for last year’s trip to Juventus as punishment for a similar offence.

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