On top of the story narrated below, we received a comment from Martti Pukk, CEO of FC Kuressaare and also their player.
'Actually, those names were not added to the starting XI' told this morning Martti to Rumori 'they were added to the substitutions list!'
A quite inexplicable choice Martti asked explanation for to FC Puuma representative, Mr. Kobashov 'he just told me that they might have showed up later. However, he left three empty spaces in the starting XI and put seven substitutes in the document. In the end, the only Zakin was there and of course he could have not filled one of the XI empty spaces, but just replace on of the 8 players on the pitch!'
A total mishap by FC Puuma. 'I honestly did not pay attention to that' replied furtherly amazed Andrea Castelnovo 'I saw them adding a lot of names and I thought they were being added to the XI'
Rumori tried to get a copy of the amazing document but at the moment it lies already in the offices of the Estonian FA.
Midweek matchdays are never comfortable for fans, especially if kick-off is set around 5pm.
But imagine to be an amateur team from the Estonian second flight (Esiliiga) and you have to take a long trip from the capital (Tallinn) to the Island of Saaremaa where former Premium Liiga act, FC Kuressaare, is waiting for you.
Considering the trip is 186km including a short ferry ride from inland to the island for a total of 4 hours and 30 minutes, with kick-off set up at 17:45, Tallinn’s club, FC Puuma (bottom of the table) had to leave Tallinn at least around 12pm.
‘We were only 8 on the bus’ told to Rumori reader and football player, Andrea Castelnovo. Andrea, a midfielder, was already eye-witness of a grotesque episode involving the Lithuanian goalkeeper of FC Puuma, Vitalis Malisauskas back in May(the full story here with a video that had 92,000 hits on YouTube).
The news that FC Puuma were travelling to Kuressaare with a reduced team did probably reach the betting agencies very fast since it was the only game not offered for a punt out of the five fixtures (Bet365, Optibet and others as Rumori verified during the afternoon and before the kick-off).
‘We could not count on six players’ told Andrea to Rumori ‘three were injured and three suspended. The remaining part was busy with school duties.’
What could have ended as a goal fest, it was instead a simple 3-0 for the home team. A rather normal result for a team travelling with 8 starts and one change. Yes, you reading correctly: one change.
Because what unfolded in Kuressaare was even more grotesque.
‘While the team representative was filling the teamsheet, I noticed that he was entering 11 names’ confessed Andrea. ‘I asked him whether more people were coming, however he literally told me that he was just putting three more players in order to make the squad look larger.’
Those three additions were not to show up. On top of that, the only other player who could have made FC Puuma play with 9 men, Sergei Zakin, was made sit on the bench.
Why? Andrea explained soon. ‘The intention was to make a change some minutes after the game started, probably to waste time’ told Andrea to Rumori ‘however, the linesman (Neeme Neemlaid –edit) did not allow the change as the intention was to replace one of the three fictitious players with Zakin.’ FC Puuma had to replace one of the 8 players with him instead. In front of the denial, they decided to delay Zakin’s entrance to the 64’ minutes, when he replaced nr.26 Pankevitsjus.
The luxury of using one change when you play down to eight man. Only in Estonia and under the eyes of Estonian FA president, Aivar Pohlak, who attended the game in the renewed Kuressaare City Stadium.