Italy’s third division is the place the place soccer headlines come alive. In the strangest sporting incident, I can recall seeing in a while, AS Pro Piacenza misplaced a sport to their rivals Cuneo as a result of they could not area sufficient gamers – the explanation for his or her depleted roster: an organized boycott by the squad’s gamers and coaches over unpaid wages.

Ownership inevitably determined to go forward with their scheduled league match, they risked muddying up an already horrible monetary state of affairs. So, Pro Piacenza scrapped collectively the minimal variety of required gamers to area an expert workforce and took to the street. 6 of the 7 gamers they fielded had been underneath the age of 18, together with the workforce’s advert hoc captain and coach – the one full-fledged grownup that suited up was the 39-year-old tools supervisor who got here on in aid of an out-of-breath teenager.

By halftime, Pro Piacenza was already down 16-Zero, with the sport ending on a 20-Zero scoreline thanks to some late roster additions, made attainable by the diligent administrative employees working all through the sport to safe extra gamers. While this is likely to be the “black web page” Italian media shops are touting it, this is not the lone blotch on Pro Piacenza’s file this season. The membership has already forfeited three video games this season because of the “starvation strike,” and may this 20-Zero contest be voided, they may danger being demoted to the 4th division, with instant impact.