Every so often, your team loses badly, doesn’t it?
Last weekend, for example, Chelsea fans had to sit and watch their side get battered 6-0 by Man City, as Sergio Aguero picked up yet another hat-trick.
But in the north of Italy in the picturesque city of Cuneo, something quite extraordinary happened between local club AC Cuneo and visitors Pro Piacenza.
Amidst a catalogue of off-field troubles, Pro Piacenza were only able to line-up with EIGHT youth players in their starting line-up today.
The result? They were 16-0 down by half-time. That’s right, SIXTEEN.
Cuneo strikers Hicham Kanis and Edoardo Defendi (who’s certainly not living up to his name) netted six and five goals respectively in the first-half to help virtually double their team’s goal tally for the season.
So what on earth happened?
Poor old Pro Piacenza really are in a spot of bother at the moment.
They’re currently bottom of the Serie C ‘Group A’ some 14 points adrift of safety, and according to Sport Mediaset are in the midst of severe bankruptcy petitions and injunctions of unpaid creditors.
As a result, they’ve failed to turn up for their last four league matches and the only reason they played in today’s game was because they simply couldn’t afford not to.
With the playing staff and even the coach on strike, 19-year-old Nicola Cirigliano was not only wearing the captain’s armband today, but was also presented as the team’s manager.
Kick-off was also delayed as one of their players had left his ID card in Piacenza, having arrived to the match in a hurry. He eventually had to be replaced.
This all proved to be too much for local media outlet SportPiacenza, who refused to continue their live report of the match after just three minutes, saying: “We postpone the appointment with our readers at the end of this farce in which we will communicate the final result.”
The match eventually finished a dismal 20-0.
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