Italian club kicked out after 20-0 humiliation

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Pro Piacenza have been kicked out of Italy's Serie C after losing 20-0 to Cuneo at the weekend.

An Italian third division club which cobbled together a seven-man team and lost 20-0 on Sunday has been thrown out of the competition by Lega Pro, the governing body of Serie C.

Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems and hadn't paid its players or staff, needed to present a team for the match or would have been kicked out of the division after having already forfeited three matches.

Pro Piacenza's first team squad and coaching staff refused to travel for the game at Cuneo due to unpaid wages, leaving the team to start with six teenagers and a 39-year-old physiotherapist - the only players they could find.

After ruling on Monday that some the players were not registered for the match, Lega Serie C's disciplinary committee disqualified the team from the competition and handed Cuneo a walkover 3-0 win.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) later said the club had been disaffiliated due to "the serious regulatory violations which occurred at the Cuneo-Pro Piacenza match added to the other numerous documented irregularities."

Pro Piacenza were bottom of the North and Central West group of Serie C, which is split into three 20-team regional groups.

Source AAP