Norwich have apologised to Italian side Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after confusion over exactly who the Canaries had lined up against in a pre season friendly this week.
The confusion started when Norwich’s original opponents, Serie C side Novara, cancelled their scheduled clash with the Canaries.
Norwich bosses then organised a friendly against Serie D side Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste.
After romping to a 13-0 win over a team which they believed to be SC Vallee d’Aoste, Norwich posted a match report for their fans to read which boasted of their double-figure victory.
But it transpired that Norwich were not playing the Serie D club, and were in fact not even playing a club side at all.
They were playing against a collection of local footballers who had been selected for the game at short notice, and fielded as “Aosta Regional Select XI”.
It means that with just 16 days to go until their first Championship game of the season against Wolves, Norwich had YET to play a game against a professional-level football club.
After the match in Italy, Norwich boss Neil Adams, still under the impression his side had faced a club team, said:
“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.
“I would have preferred a tougher work-out for the players because banging goals in is great, but we need to be tested a little bit more than we were tonight.”
But they still managed to go one better than Leeds, who were forced to play THEMSELVES in a pre season friendly in Italy after their opponents failed to turn up.
If we’ve learned anything from this summer’s pre season, it’s that you shouldn’t base your training camp in Italy..