In a truly bizarre story, a youth team coach was fired for setting a bad example to the children by “disrespecting opponents” in a 27-0 victory.

Not many managers can say they’ve been sacked after a win, let alone a 27-0 result, but that is what happened in Grosseto-based youth club Invictasauro.

“We were stunned and deeply regretful when hearing that our Juniores team had beaten Marina Calcio 27-0,” said President Paolo Brogelli in a statement.

“The values of youth team football are antithetical to such a thing. The opponent must always be respected and that did not happen today.

“As President, I sincerely apologise 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.”

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