Twenty own goals in Russian bandy farce results in match annulment

Having combined for an astounding 20 own goals in a bandy match, two sides have been ordered to replay the fixture and face disciplinary action.

The Russian Super League game between Baikal-Energiya and Vodnik in Arkhangelsk on Sunday ended 11-9 to the former, with every goal the result of a player putting through their own net.

The All Russian Bandy Federation announced on Monday that it has consequently annulled the match and ordered it to be replayed at a neutral venue on March 3.

The governing body will meet with team chiefs on Tuesday when sanctions will be decided.

Federation president Boris Skrynnik called for "very harsh measures" in an interview with Tass and suggested Vodnik initiated the bizarre turn of events in a bid to meet "a convenient team" in the upcoming play-offs - victory would have pitted them against reigning champions Yenisey Krasnoyarsk.

Baikal-Energiya and Vodnik have since issued statements apologising to fans.

Bandy is a cross between field hockey and ice hockey and is played on a large rink.

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