Holy football too noisy for some

Rowdy supporters of a Vatican-backed football tournament have been asked to keep down their raucous cheering following complaints from neighbours.

The Clericus Cup tournament for Rome seminarians and priests has been bombarded with complaints of noise, the Guardian reports.

Organisers have threatened trainee priests supporting their teams in the tournament with being barred from entering the ground if they continue to show up armed with drums, megaphones, trumpets, maracas and ghetto blasters.

Loud chanting, sometimes in Latin, will also be discouraged to avoid ''disturbing the peac'', the organisers said.

Singled out for excessive celebrations were drum-beating fans urging on the Mexican players of Maria Mater Ecclesiae College. African seminarians turning out for Urban College have been backed by loud reggae music, and fans of Italian trainee priests from the Romano Maggiore Pontifical Seminary have used megaphones to great effect.

American seminarians from Rome's North American College, nicknamed the NAC, have been chanting "Come on you Knackers, kick some caboose", at games before singing doo-wap numbers.

Despite the noise ban, supporters of the cup holders, Redemptoris Mater Seminary, have reportedly said they will continue to sing a hymn from the stands before each game.

Rowdy Vatican football fans offside (SMH 25/01/08)

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25 Jan 2008