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Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young


Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

The 80-year-old pontiff, a keen player himself in his youth and a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, told the players they had a “great responsibility towards youth.”

“Those who are seen as champions easily become role models,” he said before voicing his concern over football-related violence.

Serie A leaders Juventus go into Wednesday’s final looking to complete the first leg of a potential league, cup and Champions League treble this season.

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