When you suppose your crew was on the receiving finish of a poor outcome this weekend, then spare a thought for Italian minnows Professional Piacenza.
The Serie C Group A strugglers had been crushed 20-Zero – sure, that is twenty-nil – at league rivals Cuneo on Sunday afternoon.
They had been trailing 16-Zero at half-time, with Cuneo’s Hicham Kanis scoring six objectives earlier than half-time, and fellow striker Edoardo Defendi getting 5.
In Professional Piacenza’s defence, there have been mitigating components.
At the moment backside of Italy’s third tier, the northern membership are in critical monetary bother. They had been deducted eight factors earlier within the marketing campaign and have reportedly didn’t pay their gamers since August – ensuing within the resignation of the vast majority of their first-team squad.
They’d additionally didn’t play any of their previous three fixtures previous to Sunday’s defeat, and one other no-show at Cuneo would seemingly have resulted of their disqualification from Serie C.
The guests managed to area sufficient gamers for the sport to go forward. Sadly for them, that meant beginning the match with simply seven youngsters.
With no teaching workers accessible, 19-year-old captain Nicola Cirigliano additionally needed to tackle the position of supervisor.
They performed the final 30 minutes with an additional participant after one of many youthful members of their squad was capable of show his registration after the sport had kicked off.
Cuneo had solely scored 18 objectives of their 24 league matches earlier than Sunday’s recreation, however managed to double their tally for the season in 90 extraordinary minutes.
With extreme monetary difficulties confronting them, Professional Piacenza are set to face an Italian Soccer Federation listening to to determine their destiny on 11 March.
Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Soccer Federation, described Sunday’s outcome as an “insult to sport”.
“On this surreal scenario, the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] had an obligation to implement all the foundations,” he stated.
“Our duty is to guard the eagerness of the followers, wholesome entrepreneurs and the credibility of our championships.
“The one we sadly witnessed would be the final farce.”