‘A massacre’: Shock & shame after Italian league game ends in 20-0 scoreline (VIDEO)
Pro Piacenza, known as the Rossoneri, have a heritage stretching back 100 years but endured what was surely one of the most chastening days in their history in the rout at Cuneo.
Amid a backdrop of financial woes which saw the normal playing squad and coaching staff refuse to make the trip over wage disputes, they were forced to scrape together a team of youth players and even a 39-year-old physio to meet the minimum requirement of seven players.
The club had already forfeited three previous games this season, and feared expulsion from the league if they had been forced to miss another game.
They were duly hammered by the ruthless home team, who amassed a 16-0 nil lead by half-time.
Pro Piacenza were later reinforced by an eighth player, although an injury ironically deprived them of their physio-turned player, who left the field as they conceded four more second-half goals to slump to the 20-0 loss.
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Questa foto è l’emblema della partita di oggi. Cuneo-Pro Piacenza 20-0 Esatto. 20-0. La Lega non so ha pensato bene di far giocare una squadra che non esiste più da dicembre. 7 giocatori in campo (6 giovanissimi e 1 magazziniere) per evitare la radiazione del Pro Piacenza. Per evitare che il presidente del Pro Piacenza Pannella perdesse la sua battaglia personale ormai solo da mesi. L’unica cosa che c’è da dire è UN GRANDE APPLAUSO A TUTTI COLORO CHE IN QUESTI MESI HANNO VISSUTO QUESTO INCUBO: GIOCATORI E STAFF CHE NON HANNO PERCEPITO STIPENDI PER MESI CON PROMESSE FALSE. SONO LORO GLI EROI. I RAGAZZI CHE SONO SCESI IN CAMPO NONOSTANTE TUTTO E NONOSTANTE CHI HA PERMESSO QUESTO SCEMPIO (GENITORI, LEGA) NON C’ENTRANO, NON SONO COLPEVOLI. • • • #pannellabuffone #legaseriecbuffona #legaprosciutto
Cuneo’s Hicham Kanis finished with six goals while Edoardo Defendi bagged five.
After the game, Cuneo captain Fabiano Santacroce condemned the farcical scenes as a “mockery.”
“Today was a mockery of a match. There were kids, staff members... maybe a physio. This is the result,” Santacroce told RMC Sport, the Independent reported.
“As captain, before the match, I spoke with the guys and said to them not to mock the opposition. But they made us play in a game in these conditions and we played it, simply doing what we had to.
“To be honest after half an hour I didn’t feel like taking part any more, it was a massacre.”Also on rt.com Boateng burgled: Barcelona star 'robbed of up to $450K worth of cash & jewelry' in matchday raid
The Italian press has also condemned the game, with La Gazzetta dello Sport labelling it a “theatre of the absurd” and “shameful.”
And despite the valiant efforts by those who did turn out for Pro Piacenza, who were rock bottom of the league, it was later reported that they had been expelled from the Serie C after an announcement by the Lega Pro.