Championship side Norwich City apologized to Italian club Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after the Canaries mistakenly thought they had played — and badly beaten — the Serie D outfit, 13-0, in a recent friendly match.
Huh? How could they not know who they were playing, you ask?
The error appears to have stemmed from a classic case of miscommunication.
Norwich were due to face Serie C side Novara on Sunday as part of their training camp in Italy, but the fixture was canceled and replacement opponents were called in — believed to have been S.C Vallee d’Aoste. In reality, the Canaries had only faced a regional select side.
It’s no wonder, then, that Norwich manager Neil Adams felt his side could’ve used more of a challenge.
"With all due respect to the opposition, they didn’t really give us the test that certainly we wanted at this stage of the season," Adams said before the team’s website claimed the double-digit win over S.C Vallee d’Aoste.
After the Serie D club notified them of the error, Norwich apologized in a statement:
"In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste," the statement read.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC)July 20, 2014
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