April 7, 2009

Archbishop hits out at Easter footie

by David Masters

A senior church leader has written to bosses of the Premier League asking them to stop staging football matches on Easter Sunday.

Most Rev Vincent Nichols, soon to be appointed Archbishop of Westminster, said holding top flight matches on Easter Sunday shows ‘disdain’ for Britain’s Christian heritage.

Christian supporters and employees at the football clubs holding matches are being prevented from properly celebrating Easter, Nichols said.

In addition, many elderly and disabled churchgoers in football cities are put off attending church because of the ‘chaos’ caused by football supporters.

The Archbishop’s anger was sparked when an Aston Villa match was moved from Saturday to Sunday so it could be shown live on Setanta Sports.

“Commercial considerations are not all that matters,” his letter reads.

A spokesperson for Setanta said the TV station had ‘no wish’ to prevent or discourage worshippers from attending Easter services.

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