Pope Benedict XVI says football has a crucial role to play in teaching young people the important lessons of life – honesty, solidarity and fraternity.
It is the second time this season that the Vatican has turned its attention to football. In October, the Vatican sporting club announced it was joining forces with AC Ancona, a team in the second division, Serie B.
Since then, they have introduced a new code of ethics. There are now cheaper seats for families and club players who were booked for unsporting behaviour are subject to tough new sanctions. The Pope says he hopes the change of direction at Ancona will serve as an example to others.