Austrian football team sorry for 9-0 loss that saw opponents promoted

  • Klagenfurt pipped to top flight by Ried on goal difference
  • Floridsdorfer ‘vehemently defend’ themselves after rout

Austrian second-tier side Floridsdorfer AC have apologised for a 9-0 defeat which allowed opponents Ried to win promotion on goal difference, but denied that they behaved improperly.

Ried finished top of Austria’s Second League above Austria Klagenfurt, who beat Wacker Innsbruck 6-1 in the final matches on Friday. Ried’s goal difference was 34 to Klagenfurt’s 29. Only the champions are promoted to the top flight.

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