FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A third-tier Italian soccer team has been kicked out of the league after losing a match 20-0 on Sunday.
Lega Pro, the governing body of Serie C, announced the exclusion of Pro Piacenza on Monday.
Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems and hadn’t paid its players or staff, needed to present a team for the match or would have been thrown out of the division after having already forfeited three matches.
The team turned up at Cuneo with just seven players, the minimum number required. They were all between 16 and 19 years old, with captain Nicola Cirigliano listed as the coach, and one of the players forgot his identity card, so the masseur was forced to play.
Cuneo led 16-0 at halftime of the match, which Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said would be “the last farce.”