Vatican priests’ told to pipe down during football tourney

January 24th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by admin  

London, Jan.24 (ANI): Noisy priests and supporters at the Vatican’s inter-departmental football tournament have been ordered to quieten down following complaints about the racket they make.
The teams competing for the Clericus Cup, below, are all priests and seminarians trainee priests and are cheered on by fellow men of the cloth with drums, rattles and even trumpets.
But residents overlooking the Vatican-owned pitches being used for the tournament have had enough and after dozens of complaints an edict has come from on high “pipe down”.
The ruling comes just days after another memo from organisers telling players to watch their behaviour after a record three red cards in last weekend’s matches.
The Vatican football tournament began last year and has been a great success with dozens of sides taking part. There is even team of British priests.
According to Scotsman, the event is organised by the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and although the Pope a keen Bayern Munich fan has not yet attended a game it is hoped he will before the end of the season.
The matches are held at the St Peter’s Oratory sporting complex which has a dramatic backdrop of the dome of St Peter’s in the Aurelio district of north west Rome. (ANI)

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