Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone created a buzz on Sunday when he told reporters: “I do not preclude the possibility that the Vatican, in the future, could put together a football team of great value, that could play on the same level as Roma, Inter Milan and Sampdoria.”
But later Bertone, Pope Benedict XVI’s right hand man, ate his words. “After a joke ... everyone started hypothesising about a great Vatican football team.
“I don’t think it’s possible, so let’s stop fantasising,” he told the Vatican-watching news agency.
Italian media seized on the subject, contacting the head of the UEFA, William Gaillard, in Brussels.
“Why not?” he said. “We already have San Marino, Liechtenstein and Andorra.”