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