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Another Italian scandal? Eight own-goals scored in last 10 minutes of cup match

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Italian authorities have confirmed that they'll investigate a Coppa Sicilia match between Borgata Terrenove and Bagheria after the latter scored eight goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to go down 14-3.

The two teams, who operate in the eighth tier of Italian football, were contesting a three-team group in the Coppa Sicilia alongside Partinicaudace.

Bagheria required a point to qualify for the group but were 4-3 down in the dying minutes when Borgata scored twice in quick succession.

However the game then took a strange twist when, according to local reports, three Bagheria players started scoring own goals. In total they scored eight own goals in the final ten minutes of the game.

The final 14-3 result meant that Borgata qualified from the group at the expense of Partinicaudace thanks to their hugely improved goal difference.

"It had been a real contest up to a certain point then Bagheria staged a farce," Borgata coach Ignazio Chianetta told the website Siciliaingol.

"Their captain told me they preferred us to qualify rather than Partinicaudace."

Partinicaudace coach Giovanni Cammarata added: "I can guarantee there was no agreement between us and Bagheria.

"I can't try to understand a motive for these eight own goals. It has nothing to do with football and I hope the FIGC investigates."

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed afterwards that they will look indeed be looking into the game.

"I will personally inform our prosecutors about this and they will look into the case and establish which sanctions should apply," said regional president Sandro Morgana.

The incident could be the latest blow to hit Italian football after the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 and Calcio Scommesse in 2011/12.

Last year former Italian international Gennaro Gattuso was investigated for match fixing while Lazio and Italy midfielder Stefano Mauri recently returned from a suspension for failing to alert the authorities to a potential fix in his team's game against Lecce in 2011.

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