German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II fielded only seven players as a coronavirus precaution and ended up being thumped 37 nil by local rivals SV Holdenstedt II.
The team even walked over to the sideline after kicking off, reports said.
It came after their opponents for the game previously faced off against a team with a player who tested positive for coronavirus.
Sg Ripdorf/Molzen – who play in the 11th tier of German football – faced a €200 (£182.64) fine if they did not field the minimum players of seven to start the game.
Ripdorf, from Uelzen in Lower Saxony, got pummelled by Holdenstedt as there was too much room for their rivals to work with.
After the loss, Ripdorf co-chair Patrick Ristow said: “We are thankful those seven players volunteered, otherwise the club would have faced a €200 ($325) fine for abandoning the match.
“That’s a lot of money for us, especially amid the pandemic.”
“When the game kicked off, one of our players passed the ball to the opponent and our team walked to the sidelines,” Ristow said.
“The Holdenstedt players did not understand. But we did not want to risk anything. For the rest of the match, our players returned to the field but they only stood on the pitch.”
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