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Football: WHAT DID ROMANS EVER DO FOR US?

Byline: Gordon Waddell

SHOCK news from Italy this week, claiming that we didn't give football to the world - they did, more than 2000 years ago.

Their legendary tome, the Enciclopedia Treccani, claims in its latest edition that Julius Caesar brought the game here in the first century BC along with roads, central heating and the script for Monty Python's Life of Brian. And apparently to back this claim up, a fresco (didn't know they had soft drinks back then) has been unearthed in an ancient tomb which shows a game being played, using either a ball made of vegetables or "the skulls of slaughtered Britons".

Newspaper reports from the time tell how David Seaman spilled a turnip over the line for a dramatic last-minute winner...
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 8, 2002
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