Franciscan monk slams Del Piero for swearing

March 21, 1996

MODENA, Italy - A Franciscan monk said on Thursday Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero should have been sent off for swearing during the Italian club's European Cup defeat of Real Madrid.

"Del Piero should have been sent off. He swore repeatedly. Everybody saw and heard him, it's a scandal,'' said father Sebastiano Bernardini, who has organised a campaign against blasphemy and foul language in soccer.

He invited Del Piero, who scored the opening goal in Juventus' 2-0 victory over Real on Wednesday night, to apologise at a conference against swearing in soccer on Monday.