An Italian youth team has taken the extraordinary decision to sack their manager – after he guided them to a ‘disrespectful’ 27-0 victory against struggling opponents.
Under-18s side Invictasauro, who play out of the Grosseto region of Tuscany, were in action against Marina Calcio on Saturday afternoon and proceeded to absolutely annihilate their adversaries in spectacular, record-breaking fashion.
But the remarkable scoreline didn’t impress the Invictasauro hierarchy and resulted in coach Massimiliano Riccini being FIRED following the full-time whistle, with president Paolo Brogelli saying he was disappointed with the disrespect shown to Marina.
Speaking to the Italian media, via First Post, Brogelli was quoted as saying: “We learned with amazement and regret the score of the match in which our junior team scored 27 goals.
“The values of youth team football are antithetical to such a thing.
“The opponent must always be respected and today it has not happened. As president I sincerely apologise to the Marina team. Our board has decided, unanimously, to sack (coach) Mr. (Massimiliano) Riccini.
“Our coaches have a duty to train and, above all, to educate children. This has not happened today.”
A pretty astonishing story all round, eh?
Do you think manager Riccini deserved to be given his marching orders after such an emphatic result?
And can you imagine the reaction to this story if it took place in the UK?
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