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Religion News Service
Vatican City – In an effort to “moralize” a sport recently beset by scandal, Italy’s Roman Catholic bishops have purchased a professional soccer team, announcing plans to raise ethical standards for players, executives and fans.
The Conference of Italian Bishops has acquired an 80-percent interest in AC Ancona, a third-division team in the central Italian city of Ancona.
“It’s a way to moralize soccer, to bring back a little bit of ethics into a sector that is undergoing a grave crisis of values,” said the archbishop of Ancona, Edoardo Menichelli, to the Turin newspaper La Stampa.
Stadium violence at soccer games has been an increasing problem in Italy. In February, the death of a policeman at a match in Sicily led the Italian soccer federation to suspend play nationwide.
The sport has also been plagued by the bribing of referees. In 2006, Ancona’s former president was sentenced to jail in a game-fixing scandal that involved several of the country’s top teams.
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