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Vatican City: Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room, but it was different on Monday when Diego Maradona attended a papal event.

Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organisers of a charity match that was played in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation.

London: Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been charged with conspiracy aimed at bribery, officers investigating match-fixing said.

Madrid: Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season 2-4 setback at Real Sociedad, in La Liga, on Sunday. “The team was negative in everything, horrible, we did not play well,” a disappointed Casillas said.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s 1-0 La Liga win at Villarreal, on Sunday, was engineered by Lionel Messi, but it was 19-year-old substitute, Sandro Ramirez, who scored from a Messi centre.

New Delhi: Kerala Blasters signed Andrew Barisic and Penn Orji on Monday for the forthcoming ISL. Barisic played for Melbourne Knights in 2004 and later for Germany-based Oberliga Nord Club, Arminia Hannover. Penn has played for JCT, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.

Calcutta: Army XI thrashed Kalighat MS 5-0 in a CFL Premier Division Championship Round match, on Monday. In the other matches of the day, Tollygunge Agragami defeated Aryan Club 2-0, while SAI (East Zone) beat BNR Recreation Club 4-1.

Melbourne: Roger Federer will return to the Brisbane International next January to start his 2015 season and warm up for Australian Open, organisers said on Monday.