Juventus, Lazio visits Pope Francis ahead of Italian Cup final

Juventus, Lazio visits Pope Francis ahead of Italian Cup final

Juventus and Lazio players and officials lined up to meet the Pope on Tuesday morning ahead of their highly-anticipated Italian Cup final, which will take place at the Stadio Olimpico.

Pope Francis

Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta could be seen handing over a black and white striped shirt to the Pope. But there was no favouritism from the holy father as he also accepted a Lazio jersey. They were not the only gifts that Francis received as he also accepted a replica of the Coppa Italia from Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio.


Pope Francis

The Pope also addressed players from both sides, saying: ‘Taking into account the attraction professional football has on people — especially young people — you have a great responsibility.

‘You are considered ‘champions’ and, therefore, become figures of reference.

‘Every match is a battle of balance, understanding of oneself and respect of the rules.

‘He who, with the correct behaviour, can show all he’s worth can become a true example to his fans. This is what I wish for you all: to be examples of loyalty and honesty, harmony and humanity.’

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