The 2006 World Cup quarterfinal between Italy and Ukraine
was not enough to tempt a couple who were convicted of
obscene acts in public after being caught having sex while
the match was being played. Photo Getty
Italy's highest court has rejected an appeal by a couple
who said they should not have been convicted of obscene acts in
public because they had sex outside while the rest of their
town was inside watching a football match.
The couple, then a 60-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman,
were caught having sex outside in southern Italy in 2006
while the national football team was playing in the World Cup
quarterfinals in Germany.
Their defence at a previous trial was that they had timed
their tryst under the stars so they would not offend anyone,
because everyone else would be watching the game on
They were convicted and brought their case to Rome's Court of
Cassation, the highest appeals court, where they lost again.
For the record, Italy played Ukraine that night and won 3-0,
going on to win the tournament in a final against France.