Monday, May 28, 2007

Clericus Cup tournament At The Vatican

Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Redemptoris Mater football team players, wearing yellow and blue, challenge for the ball with Pontificia Universita' Lateranense players during the final of Clericus Cup tournament, at the St.Peter's parish recreation sports center in Rome.

I'm a big fan of soccer. Seeing future clergymen playing it made me wish I attended the tournament. The students acted like normal players would act during the bad and good moments of a soccer game. The Guardian reports:

It was an event you might have hoped would inject a bit of spirituality back into the beautiful game, a football tournament for priests and seminarians played out in the shadow of St Peter's Basilica.

But passions run high, even under a dog collar, and when the referee whistled for a penalty in the second half of the Clericus cup final, tempers boiled over. Students from the Pontifical Lateran University squared up angrily to the hapless official, insisting that the Costa Rican striker for Redemptoris Mater college had dived in the box, and while the language was not as purple as it can be in the premiership, words were had.
The incident prompted a flurry of blue cards, invented for the tournament and used to dispatch players to a temporary "sin bin".

I'm actually glad the players acted normally. It's not the end of the world. Let them be themselves for a day. What's the big deal about it?

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