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Papa Francisco Football Team Promoting Non-Violence Get 2 Red Cards in 1st Game

Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Gregorio Borgia
Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 24, 2016

Pope Francis has had a football team created and named after him in his homeland of Argentina, with the aim of promoting non-violence—but their first match in their regional league ended in a 2-2 draw in which they were reduced to nine men.

In fact, there were four red cards in all in the match, according to a report in the Guardian.

"Our motto is no hooligans, no violence and no insults," said Jorge Ramirez, the club president.

However, the teamwhose values could be seen as a response to Argentina's football culture, which has often seen violence and disturbing clashes on and off the fielddid not get off to the best start.

"It will be a complicated thing if we insult others," said midfielder Fabian Gaddi, "but the pope is Argentinian and he knows and understands us."

[Guardian

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