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A new Argentinian football team has been named after Pope Francis

The club had two players sent off in its first official game.

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Soccer players from the "Papa Francisco," or Pope Francis team pose for a group photo before their debut match with Trefules.
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A NEW TEAM named after Pope Francis has had a less-than-successful start to life in Argentinian football.

The team, established with the aim of promoting non-violence, had two players sent off in its first official game.

The semi-professional Papa Francisco side’s encounter with Trefules ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw, in a game that saw four players red carded in total.

Argentinian football has had several problems with violence and hooliganism in recent years, and so Papa Francisco hope to serve as a refreshing antidote to such behaviour.

“Our motto is no hooligans, no violence and no insults,” Jorge Ramirez, the club president, told reporters.

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