每日英語跟讀 Ep.K423: About soccer - Ajax ban signs asking players for their shirts
Ajax Amsterdam have banned fans from bringing signs into Johan Cruyff Arena asking players for their shirts after matches, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.
The club have told the Ajax supporters association that they had noticed an increasing number of such signs at games, mostly being held by children.
It was no longer possible for the players to fulfil all the requests and when players walked by without handing over a shirt they were often criticised as arrogant, the club said.
The cardboard being used also posed a fire hazard, the club said, and several signs were confiscated on Saturday when the stadium hosted the season-opening Super Cup match between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
Soccer-loving Pope Francis gets a new toy: a foosball table 熱愛足球的教宗方濟各獲得新玩具
Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate and he got a new football-themed toy lately: his very own foosball table.
Francis played a round on the table that was presented to him at the end of his general audience by representatives of a table football association, Sport Toscana Calcio Balilla in Altopascio, Tuscany.
The mayor of Altopascio, Sara D’Ambrosio, wrote on Facebook that the table was designed to be inclusive and work well for people with physical disabilities to encourage their participation in sport.
The Argentine-born pope is a well-known lover of soccer. He has long promoted sport as a way to promote solidarity and inclusion, especially for young people.