Mariners coach gives cheeky review of Usain Bolt's first football match - 'he's not fit'

Both Usain Bolt and his coach Mike Mulvey agree on one thing.

He isn't fit enough to play in the A-League.

But that's not to say he can't get there, with two months before the season kick-off.

Central Coast gave Bolt 20 minutes of action in a hyped pre-season run on Friday night in Gosford.

The 32-year-old played on the left wing. He didn't look out of place but didn't impress.

The eight-times Olympic champion is in the unenviable position of having a microscope over his every move as he tries to adjust to a second sporting career.

Mulvey said judgements on his Bolt's ability would need to come after a fitness program.

"In all seriousness he's not fit," Mulvey told the Nine Network.

"No athletics coach will actually get you to accelerate, decelerate and with multi-directional movement like there is in football.

"He struggles with that right now."

Having handed the Jamaican a trial, the Mariners are committed to giving Bolt every chance to make it in the league.

Even if they are forced to make the tough call to cut their high-profile recruit, they say Bolt's time on the Central Coast has been a success.

"He's absolutely determined, we're loving him being here on the coast and he's loving being a part of a team environment," Mulvey said.

"The positive aspects so much outweigh the negatives."

The Mariners commence their A-League campaign on October 21 against Brisbane Roar.


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Watch: Goal of the season stands out as Southampton, Brighton play out south coast stalemate

Brighton have fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Southampton in the English Premier League this morning.

Glenn Murray's stoppage-time penalty capped Brighton's second-half comeback at St Mary's Stadium.

Pierre Emile Hojberg and Danny Ings put Southampton seemingly in control before Shane Duffy headed Brighton back into the game.

Southampton remain 13th in the table, one place above Brighton.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a rocket in this morning's 2-2 draw. Source: SKY


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'It was a bad mistake' - Brazil star apologises after spitting in face of rival

Juventus winger Douglas Costa has apologised but faces a lengthy ban after spitting in the face of Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco during an Italian Serie A match.

The flash point came in second-half stoppage time as Juve saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to get off the mark this season.

Sassuolo had just pulled a goal back through Khouma Babacar when Costa and Di Francesco squared up.

Brazilian winger Costa already looked to have lost his composure after aiming an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier but the worst was to come as he spat directly at Di Francesco from inches away.

Costa was sent off after the intervention of the video assistant referee.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted the behaviour was unacceptable and Costa later offered his mea culpa on Instagram.

"I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments," he wrote.

"It was a bad mistake, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career."

Now Costa could see the Italian authorities clamp down on his behaviour.

"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen," Allegri told reporters.

"The only thing we have to avoid doing this year is rising to the provocation.

"We had the game where we wanted it but we started playing as individuals and not as a team."

Allegri added that Costa will face club sanctions.

"It's only right that he (Costa) is fined, and he certainly will be... I was surprised by his reaction," he said.

"We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long."


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