A Spanish youth coach has been fired because his team disrespected their opponents by beating them by a wide goal margin.
Serranos B’s under-11 manager was removed from his position after defeating fellow Valencia side Benicalap C 25 – 0 on 3 June.
“We believe in encouraging respect for your opponents. After the result, we decided that the manager should leave,” Pablo Alcaide, who helps run the side, said according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The coach’s lawyer however insisted his client had not pushed players to score as many as they could. Instead, he instructed his side “to pressure only in their own half” in the eight-a-side game, but Benicalap C “continued to attack and left spaces in behind”, the lawyer said.
The game was Benicalap C’s final match of the season. They finished bottom of the league with zero points and 247 goals conceded from their 30 matches.
According to El Pais such one-sided scores are common in Spanish youth football, but many clubs stop counting once they have scored more than 10 goals.