(Video) Italian Defender Andrea Masiello Scores Deliberate Own Goal, Later Admits To Match Fixing

Andrea Masiello given 22-month suspended prison sentence for own goal.

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We’ve heard of players being dropped or given the hairdryer treatment after scoring at the wrong end but for Italian defender Andrea Masiello things are much, much worse.

The free-agent has been handed a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting to scoring this own goal whilst playing for Bari, in a 2-0 loss against Lecce.

Already-relegated Bari’s home defeat in front of 19,000 at Stadio Comunale San Nicola was sealed when Masiello deflected Lecce forward Jeda’s goal attempt beyond his own goalkeeper, Jean-Francois Gillet, with 10 minutes of the match remaining.

Lecce subsequently survived the drop but, despite Masiello’s confession at a tribunal in Bari, have now been relegated to Lega Pro level for their involvement in match-fixing.

Masiello’s trial was part of the same clamp down on match-fixing that saw Juve boss Antonio Conte banned for ten months in August.

Watch Masiello’s deliberate own goal below. Does it look like he meant it?

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