March 11, 2008 / 2:37 AM / 11 years ago

Priest sent off for throwing shirt at referee

A referee shows a red card in a file photo. A footballing priest has been sent off in a church tournament for throwing his shirt at the referee, Italian media reported Sunday. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

ROME (Reuters) - A footballing priest has been sent off in a church tournament for throwing his shirt at the referee, Italian media reported Sunday.

The incident, reminiscent of Antonio Cassano’s red card for Sampdoria last weekend, happened in the Clericus Cup with the actions of the Burkina Faso priest leading to Paul the Apostle’s College being eliminated.

In a memorable day for Italian amateur football, the president of minor league club Doria has decided to pull his side out of the championship, the division below Serie C, because of anger at refereeing decisions.

“We are retiring the team,” Franco De Rose told Italy’s ANSA news service. “We are tired of having to submit to injustices every Sunday.”

Writing by Mark Meadows in Milan, editing by Miles Evans

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