“Why do you always leave me on my own on Sunday, because you’re off to watch the soccer match…” Rita Pavone sang some forty years ago. A truth known by many women, forced to wait for their husbands to return from a match or from a friend’s house, where the usual Sunday afternoon tirual would be staged. But soccer-mania can even go beyond the imagination; as a woman from Padua knows who had to sign a prenuptial agreement in which she agreed to allow her future husband to atted the matches of his favorite team ( Padua in fact) when it was playing. The fact dates back to 1997, but became public only recently, sparking jeers, comments and outrageous puns. “I the undersignee (…) declare I have nothing against football-reads the contract-and I duly accept that my future husband attend the stadium for games played at home and away for all those he deems important and interesting “.
In return, however, the woman demanded she be accompanied “at concerts or theatre performances that interested her.” The story was discovered by local broadcaster Telecittà, Veneto, and was also reported on La7 TV channel in the programme ‘what’s in the air’. By the way, just for interest’s sake, the agreement still holds after 18 years. “As long as they’re happy” would be the comment. And yet the fact that an important decision such as marriage be conditioned by the love for football makes one a bit melancholic. Especially at a time, when the family is going to be devalued soon through laws like that on divorce.