In a bizarre incident in Italy, the manager of a youth football team, Massimiliano Riccini, was sacked despite his team's record-breaking 27-0 victory.
Invictasauro, an U-18 team based in the Grosseto region of Tuscany, was up against Marina Calcio, as the former drubbed the latter in a one-sided match.
However, their celebrations were cut short after the team's president sacked the coach.
Marina Calcio's sporting director complains that Invictasauro disrespected them
As for the incident, following the conclusion of the match, the sporting director of Marina Calcio, Tiberio Pratesi, complained that Invictasauro had disrespected them with such a win.
He added, owing to Calcio's injury problems, they had to field a second-string side, including an outfield player.
Later, a representative of Invictasauro called up Pratesi and apologized for the humiliating result.
Invictasauro President agrees that Calcio were disrespected
Meanwhile, Invictasauro President, Paolo Brogelli, too, agreed that Calcio had been disrespected.
He released a statement shortly afterward, stating that the junior team had decided to part ways with their coach Massimiliano Riccini.
"The values of youth team football are antithetical to such a thing. The opponent must always be respected and that did not happen today," read the statement from the club.
I sincerely apologize to the Marina club: Brogelli
"As President, I sincerely apologize to the Marina club. I announce that our directors decided, unanimously, to sack coach Riccini. Our coaches have the duty to train young players, but above all to educate them. That did not happen today," the statement further read.
How did the match pan out?
As for the match, it was a clash between the table-toppers Invictasauro and the bottom-placed Calcio. Notably, a player from Invictasauro ended up scoring seven goals, while a couple of others scored six goals each. The other goals were scored by the rest.
Some of the other big-scoring football matches in history
Following are some of the other highest-scoring matches in football history:
- Preston North End beat Hyde United: 26-0 (1887).
- Villarreal beat Navata: 27-0 (2009).
- Tahiti beat Cook Islands: 30-0 (1971).
- Australia beat American Samoa: 31-0 (2001).
- Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers: 35-0 (1885).
- Arbroath beat Bon Accord: 36-0 (1885).
- AS Adema rout Stade Olympique L'Emyrne: 149-0 (2002).