Football: Pope torn over who to support for Italy-Argentina friendly
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis joked with Italy and Argentina players on the eve of a friendly football match in Rome on Tuesday, saying he was torn over who to support.
"It's going to be difficult for me, it's lucky it's a friendly match! And let's make sure it is one," the Argentinian pontiff said in a private meeting, which journalists listened to over the speakers in the Vatican's press room.
The players, along with Italian coach Cesare Prandelli and Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, met the 76-year-old at the Vatican before Wednesday's game at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
The pontiff, a lifelong fan of Argentinian club San Lorenzo, called on the teams to make sure they used their popularity to give a good example to their fans.