9
Aug

Fan pays $15K to play in professional match, doesn’t last ten minutes

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Image via Macclesfield Express

James Gorfin probably imagined it differently in his dreams.

After Gorfin ponied up £10,000 for a chance to play in a real match with his hometown club Macclesfield Town, the local businessman was forced off the pitch with a groin injury just nine minutes into his “debut.”

Way to get your money’s worth, man.

Playing in the club’s preseason friendly against Stoke City, Gorfin — whose wife and kids were cheering him on from the stands — hurt himself while, actually, having a very real goal-scoring opportunity. The trialist was running into the box and came mere inches away from toe-poking home a dangerous low cross. Unfortunately, he over-stretched his groin in the process and had to be subbed off thereafter. Watch:

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18
Jul

Atalanta fans crush rival cars with tank as new club signing takes joy ride

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Image via Forza Italian Football

Giulio Migliaccio signed with Serie A club Atalanta last week, and has already managed to get himself into hot water.

When a player signs with a new team, there is a natural reaction to want the fan base to like you, even if it means taking part in endeavors that are not the most well-thought out. Like say, riding in a tank. At a preseason fan festival, Atalanta supporters painted two cars to represent rival clubs Brescia and Roma.

With Migliaccio aboard a tank — yes, an actual tank — this happened:

The midfielder said he was unaware of what was going on until the tank was going over the cars, but apologized for the incident anyway:

”I only realized when the tank was going over them, and since I could not see because I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.”

The Italian soccer federation has now opened an investigation into the incident. It may be fun to ride tanks, but it’s something that is usually frowned upon outside of the military.