* Team captain Costanzo apologies for the incident
* Switzerland striker Alex Frei also fined
BERNE, Aug 10 - Basel goalkeeper Franco Costanzo
has been fined by his Swiss club for attacking a team mate on
the pitch and grabbing him by the hair.
Costanzo, the team captain, lost his temper at the end of
Basel's 1-1 draw at home to arch-rivals and titleholders FC
Zurich in a league match on Sunday.
Television pictures showed the Argentine remonstrating
furiously with team mate Beg Ferati as the final whistle went.
Ferati pushed Costanzo away but this enraged the goalkeeper
even more. He then put his hand on Ferati's head and grabbed him
by the hair before team mates and at least one opponent came in
to separate the pair.
"He lost his composure in an unacceptable way and
overstepped the legitimate emotional boundaries," said the club
in a statement.
"The club will not accept one of its own players giving a
bad example on or near the field of play."
The club added that Costanzo, who will be fined an
undisclosed sum, will keep the captaincy.
"I'm sorry, I apologise," the former River Plate and Alaves
goalkeeper said in a television interview after the game.
"Everyone knows me and it's the first time in my career I've
done a stupid thing like this. It's a situation we have to sort
out in the dressing room."
The club also announced that new signing Alex Frei, leading
record scorer for the Swiss national side, would be fined after
his injury-time sending off.
Frei, who set up Basel's last-minute equaliser with a clever
backheel, was given a yellow card followed by another almost
immediately afterwards for throwing the ball at an opponent in
(Reporting by Brian Homewood; editing by Pritha Sarkar, To
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