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Italian soccer league invites Cardinal Bertone to join ethics committee


The president of the Italian Soccer League, Antonio Matarrese, announced the creation of an ethics committee for soccer and said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to be a member.

“We will entrust soccer to the Church,” Matarrese told the website Petrus, adding that “after the tragic events of last Sunday (which left one person dead after fans rioted at a soccer game) we are preparing to establish a consultative body on soccer made up of leaders, journalists and security officials, and an invitation to join has been extended to Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.”

“There was a sincere rapport with Cardinal Bertone, and so I consider it opportune to receive his wise counsels in order to come out of this critical phase through which Italian soccer is passing,” he said.


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