Italian lower league club concede EIGHT own goals in TEN minutes | inside World Soccer

A new scandal has emerged from a high-scoring Coppa Sicilia group match in Italy during which eight own goals were conceded in 10 minutes.

Bagheria play in Prima Categoria, the eighth tier of Italian football
Bagheria play in Prima Categoria, the eighth tier of Italian football

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Needing just a point to qualify from a three-team group that also included Partinicaudace, Bagheria found themselves 4-3 down to Borgata Terrenove with ten minutes to play in Wednesday's game.

Borgata then scored two in quick succession and watched in bewilderment as their opponents scored one own goal after the other, shared between three Bagheria players.

The final score was 14-3, giving Borgata enough goal difference to qualify ahead of Partinicaudace.

"It had been a real contest up to a certain point then Bagheria staged a farce," Borgata coach Ignazio Chianetta told Siciliaingol.

"Their captain told me they preferred us to qualify rather than Partinicaudace."

Partinicaudace coach Giovanni Cammarata said: "I can guarantee there was no agreement between us and Bagheria.

"I can't try to understand a motive for these eight own goals. It has nothing to do with football and I hope the FIGC investigates."

The FIGC are awaiting a referee's report into the proceedings before deciding what action to take, but its local representative Sandro Morgana acknowledged that this is pretty much an open and shut case.

Morgana said in La Repubblica: "We can only define what happened in one way: it was an obscenity which has very little to do with sport.

"I will personally inform our prosecutors about this and they will look into the case and establish which sanctions should apply."

The two sides were well short of the world record for goals scored in senior football, which was set when AS Adema won a match 149-0 against Stade Olymique L'Emyrn in Madagascar in 2002.

Stade Olymique deliberately scored all the goals in their own net in protest over a refereeing decision.

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