• Pope warns vs. money in football


    VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Friday warned that money “risks contaminating” football and called for a return to “sporting dignity” at a Vatican meeting with players from Italian Cup finalists Fiorentina and Napoli. “Football is a big business now because of advertising, television, etcetera. But the economic factor must not prevail over the sporting one because it risks contaminating everything,” Francis told them. “As a boy I used to go to the stadium a lot, I have happy memories. Joyful moments, on Sundays, with my family. I hope football and sports in general regains that sense of a celebration,” he said. He also said footballers had “a great responsibility” because young people looked up to them, telling them: “Your behavior has a resonance, for better or worse.”


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