Football, money and morals make odd bedfellows, concludes Giles Fraser after his experience of preaching to an uncertain congregation at a service marking the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest club - Sheffield FC.
Some 250 supporters of human rights gathered to protest at the new Wembley Stadium during the England-Israel qualifying match for the Euro 2008 competition - highlighting the plight of a Palestinian youth team denied a visa to visit Britain.
People in Britain think that Premiership footballers should be paid a lot less, and that those in service jobs at the bottom of the pay scale should get a good deal more, says a new survey for the Fabian Society.
While world attention focuses the soccer superstars taking part in the World Cup 2006 in Germany, religious leaders hope to use the month-long event to promote peace between the faiths, writes Frauke Brauns for Ecumenical News International.
While Angola, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Toga and Tunisia look forward to the kick-off of the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany this Friday, the Catholic relief organization CAFOD is urging its supporters to kick-start an initiative to keep the needs of Africa firmly in the spotlight.
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti has criticised European football's governing body, UEFA, for its decision not to fine Rangers fans for anti-Catholic singing during the club's recent Champions League matches against the Spanish club Villareal.