Soccer at Sunday lunch is an 'invasion': Vatican


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The Vatican has denounced a 12:30pm Sunday fixture in the upcoming Serie A Italian football season as an invasion into private family time.

Football Italia reported the new time on the match calendar has been introduced to appease pay-per-view television companies who want to spread the fixture list out over the weekend - but it has not been universally welcomed by fans, says the report published in the Herald Sun.

"I consider this a truly harmful development," said Monsignor Carlo Mazza in Italian sport newspaper, Tuttosport.

"Putting people in front of the television screen at 12:30pm, 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."