Italian Soccer Scandals Have Just Reached A New Level

By Riccardo Di Julio
Presse Sports-USA TODAY Sports

Calciopoli. Totonero. Match-fixing. Doping. Death. Threats. Over the course of its history, Italian soccer seems to have seen it all. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t really matter how unlikely some scandals might be, there really isn’t one specific kind that the beautiful country has not faced.

One of the most recent ones, moreover, involved the shameful events of the derby between Salernitana and Nocerina of the last November. In this occasion, the players of the visitor team were forced to fake injuries in order to forfeit the game after they had received death threats from their fans, who demanded them not to play the match.

For those who think that what happened during this game of Italy‘s Lega Pro division is, by far, the worst event ever seen, the indignation will be even greater about the pathetic occurrence of last week, that took place in Sicily.

This time, despite the fact that happened in a semi-professional league, the Sicilian Cup, this new scandal has touched deep bottom as it cannot even be compared to the previous ones, including those at the highest levels. Point in fact, what makes this one even more embarrassing than the rest is precisely that the team involved did not act for economic purposes.

On the contrary, its only motivation was related to the simple desire of seeing their rivals lose. Specifically, the team of Bagheria purposely lost 14-3 against Borgata with the only intention of eliminating Partinicaudace, it’s biggest rival. To make the situation even more pathetic, eight of Borgata’s goals happened in the final six minutes and were all own-goals.

Whenever there is a scandal in professional soccer, fans and journalists always claim that such problems are always born from the great economic desires behind the industry. However, as the whole country witnessed this shameful case of Sicily, it can be determined, by all means, that it is a human factor more than anything else. Soccer is dying.

Riccardo Di Julio is a Soccer Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Italcatenaccio and add him to your network on Google.

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