Probe to follow 54-1 win in Cologne-area football

Cologne  -  A suspicious 54-1 win in a weekend lower-league match in the Cologne area is to be probed, local news reports said on Tuesday.

Rheinkassel-Langel II claimed the controversial win over DJK Loewe II which earned them promotion into a higher tier on goal difference against Germania Nippes II, whose 10-0 at Ditib-Tuerk II wasn't good enough.

Germania were 37 goals ahead of Rheinkassel before the final round. But Rheinkassel made up the deficit, with 41 of the 54 goals scored alone in the second half.

"This is a shame. Such a result can not stand. Anyone involved in football must have doubts," said local football official Hermann- Josef Schmitz who announced an investigation.

Possible sanctions apart from the result nullification include fines and player bans. (dpa)


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