Driving the devil out of the Palatines... (Source: HR)
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS been ascribed many attributes over the centuries, but “has a sense of humor” has rarely been among them. This has been born out once again in the case of German soccer player Tim Heubach from the second league team FSV Frankfurt. The club had been planning to use Heubach as its poster child for its upcoming home match against its rival, “The Red Devils," a.k.a. 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The team paid for a photo shoot with Heubach (24) in front of a Catholic church in Frankfurt, dressed in a black cassock with a dog collar and gazing at a game strategy folder as if he were doing a screen test for an Exorcist remake. The poster bears the slogan: “Drive the devil out of the Palatines.”
The club printed up 1,000 copies before receiving a few winks and nudges from local clergy who thought this ironic marketing idea was, perhaps, too ironic by half. “There were a few people who didn’t like the poster,” FSV Frankfurt spokesman Matthias Gast told journalists. “We took that into consideration.”
As it stands today, FSV Frankfurt is at seventh place in the Second Bundesliga. So now that “Reverend” Tim Heubach has been “defrocked” from Frankfurt billboards, the team could really use your prayers this season.