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Greek soccer team sponsored by mortuary (video)

Dec 17, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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These are tough financial times for Greece, so to keep afloat, some sports teams have to resort to drastic measures. Greek soccer teams have reached out recently to such sponsors as a brothel, and in this case, a mortuary.

Yep. An amateur team in Trikala, Palaiopyrgos FC, has secured a funeral parlor as a sponsor. Their jerseys? Black, of course, with a cross as a logo.

Because of objections from the local authorities, the large purple cross must be covered with masking tape for matches, although it frequently peels off and nobody complains.

“I like the outfit,” says midfielder Haris Bakogiannis.

“The cross makes our opponents fear us – and nobody has ever worn something like it, so we’re famous now.”

Any port in a financial storm? Look, I don’t see how this is any worse than beer or cigarette ads in stadiums.