Newly promoted to Italy’s first division for the 2017-18 season, Benevento have lost all 12 of their matches so far. While many would put it down to Benevento simply being the weakest team in the league, the club’s president, Oreste Vigorito, claims witches are behind their dreadful results. The club are nicknamed Stregoni – Witches – because of the pagan history of the area. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Vigorito said: “The blame [for our results] lies with the malignant influences which have always been associated with this city… witches. Yes, it’s true. I’m superstitious.”
Friday, November 10, 2017
Benevento won promotion to Serie A last season and have proceeded to lose all 12 of their matches in Italy's top flight.
They are, on paper, by far the worst team in the division, but their president does not feel the quality of their playing squad is to blame for the shocking run of results.
Oreste Vigorito claims witches are the reason for Benevento's struggles, as the area was historically lived on by the Lombards who practised pagan rituals.
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