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Italian game ends 19-5!

A lower-league Italian match ended with the bizarre score-line of 19-5 after the losing side fielded just nine youth team players.

A Serie D clash between Cavese and Licata ended 19-5 as the away side fielded just nine youth team players and both sides lost their coaches.

Sicilian team Licata were in the middle of a dispute between the club's management and the senior squad, so only the youth team made themselves available for the trip.

It also appears that Licata's coach had resigned and refused to be involved in the match, leaving the hastily-assembled squad to be demolished.

But, oddly, Cavese's boss Francesco Chietti also quit on the eve of the match after supporters demanded to have a say in team selection.

Chietti and his staff confirmed that they had stepped down after fans insisted that they pick two players for the game against Licata and the Italian media have hinted that the coaching team received strong threats.

On the field, Cavese showed no mercy despite it becoming clear that something was wrong when only nine players turned up.

The home side opened the floodgates and Claudio De Rosa netted nine times to take his total to 30 and become top scorer for the season.

Cavese currently sit in mid-table in Serie D/I while Licata are second from bottom and only ahead of fellow Sicilians Ragusa, who have just three points from 33 games and whose economic problems led to them fielding just six reserve players for one fixture.

This incident is another blow to the integrity of Italian lower league football where the relationships between fans and the club can be dangerous. 

Earlier this season a derby between Nocerino and Salernitana had to be called off when Nocerina players faked injuries and picked up red cards intentionally after having been threatened by their fans that they should abandon the fixture.

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