ITALIAN THIRD DIVISION SIDE BEATEN 20-0 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 19, 2019

ITALIAN THIRD DIVISION SIDE BEATEN 20-0

Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina slammed third-tier Pro Piacenza's 20-0 defeat by Cuneo on Sunday as an "insult to sport" after the losing side fielded just seven players.  Financially troubled Pro Piacenza have been unable to pay their players and staff, who have been on strike for several weeks. Before Sunday's game at Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, bottom club Pro Piacenza had already forfeited three matches and a fourth would have seen them kicked out of Serie C. So they took to the pitch with seven players, all teenagers born between 2000 and 2002. An eighth player could not initially start having forgotten his identity papers, and came on after an hour. The score was already 10-0 after 25 minutes, with midtable Cuneo easing up in the second half but still adding five more to bring their tally to 20 goals -- surpassing the 18 they had scored in their previous 24 games.

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