Vatican slams Serie A Sunday lunchtime kick-offs
Vatican officials have been left fuming by the decision to move some Serie A matches to 11.30 BST on Sundays for the 2010-11 season.
Italian league matches have been played on Sundays for many years, something that has itself been questioned by the Vatican before.
But there will now be some early kick-offs included in the fixture list in order to appease pay-per-view television companies who want to spread matches out over the weekend.
The decision has angered Italian fans and has now provoked a firm response from the leaders of the Catholic Church.
"I consider this a truly harmful development," Monsignor Carlo Mazza told Tuttosport.
"Putting people in front of the television screen at 12.30 CET, when they are having lunch with their families, to me seems like a 'pitch invasion' on life.
"Family time is a very important institution and we cannot 'sell it off' to other events."