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Wednesday, September 30 2020 @ 07:38 pm ACST

Romans defeat Milano in the Eternal City's first footy match


Rome's first-ever Australian rules football match was held last month, with the home town Roma Blues defeating Milano by 25 points.

Among the small crowd who braved the wet conditions to watch the match was former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer, who is currently Australia's ambassador to the Vatican. Mr Fischer described the event as a strong standard, "better than a Hume league match", referring to the country footy league of his old electorate in southern NSW.

The Roma Blues have recruited around 30 players so far, after starting training earlier this year.

The match got some coverage in the Australian media, with this article appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald.

In other footballing news, the AFL Italia has been awarded the rights to host the 2010 EU Cup in Milano later this year.

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