Italian football has a history of match-fixing.
It’s been revealed over recent years that many matches in the past have been subject to a spot of fixing and the incredible own-goal scored today by Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli is, unsurprisingly, being questioned.
Consigli’s Sassuolo were losing 2-1 away to Fiorentina when the ball was played back to the ‘keeper in the 84th minute.
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Under little pressure, you’d expect him to just kick the ball up field. However, Consigli inexplicably turns around and kicks the ball into his own net. The stopper barely reacts after his horrific mistake and doesn’t even attempt to prevent the ball from crossing the line - instead just putting his hands on his head and walking away.
You really do have to see it to believe it, so here it is:
Is that the worst own-goal ever!? We think so.
Of course, you’d like to be able to explain the howler and not suggest that something sinister is behind it, but it’s incredibly hard to understand what on earth Consigli was doing.
It’s not like the match was a dead rubber, either. A win would have put Sassuolo ahead of AC Milan into sixth and within touching distance of Fiorentina in fifth. But a defeat leaves them seventh and has seemingly ruined any chances of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
It doesn’t help when your goalkeeper forgets how to kick a football.