A Spanish youth league manager has incredibly been SACKED… after his side won a game 25-0.
CD Serranos thrashed a Benicalap C side during an Under-11s encounter earlier this month in Valencia.
The coach, who has not yet been named, was given the boot for failing to manage the situation “correctly”.
CD Serranos coordinator Pablo Alcaide told Marca: “We are talking about children who are in primary [education] and what we prioritise above the result are certain values.
“We try to transmit empathy and respect for rivals.
“That is why he should have had more respect for our opponents and controlled the score a little bit because in the end an 11-year-old cannot go home with 25 goals against, that’s very tough.”
Meanwhile, the axed coach’s lawyer Daniel Revenga claimed: “At no time did he encourage his players to extend their lead.
“On the contrary, he told them to stop pressing in their rival’s half.
“But Benicalap C, who could not make further changes, continued to attack and left too many open spaces.”
A Barcelona spokesperson had their say on the situation, saying: “If there is a lot of difference, from ten goals onwards, we stop putting the result on the scoreboard although it comes out in the referee’s report.
“You can’t tell players not to score. Competing is part of training. We shouldn’t send out the wrong message.
“But what we do is we test players in different positions so that the result isn’t too big.”
Another La Liga side, Real Betis, added: “[After reaching double figures] we score, we turn around and we go back to the centre for kickoff.
“You have to respect a rival, not humiliate.