Italian lower-league side score eight own-goals in final 10 mins of Coppa tie

Posted by Chris Wright

An Italian lower-league side from the Eccellenza Sicilia league (i.e, the regional eighth tier of the Italian football pyramid) are being investigated after it transpired that they managed to score eight own-goals in the closing stages of a recent cup tie.

Already trailing 6-3 to Borgata Terrenove in the Coppa Sicilia, SSD Bagheria then went and put a further eight goals past their own 'keeper in the final ten minutes of the game to make the final scoreline 14-3.

The victory was sufficient to see Borgata leap above rival club Partinicaudace and into third place in their group on goal difference -- therefore qualifying for the next stage of the tournament at Partinicaudace's expense.

Borgata coach Ignazio Chianetta said: "It had been a real contest up to a certain point then Bagheria staged a farce. Their captain told me they preferred us to qualify rather than Partinicaudace."

Unsurprisingly, accusations of collusion are now rife and the local branch of the FIGC has launched an investigation into Bagheria's sudden tidal wave of own-goals.

However, Partinicaudace's coach Giovanni Cammarata solemnly swore that his side were not involved in any jiggery-pokey, saying: "I can guarantee there was no agreement between us and Bagheria."

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