1. ITV Report

Dalai Lama gives his blessing to Bradford City

The Dalai Lama has written to Bradford City - sending them his blessing and his support for the Capital One Cup Final against Swansea later this month. The Tibetan Spiritual leader was first made aware of the club at a conference last year, when the fans’ group Friends of Bradford City presented him with a personalised claret and amber City shirt and made him their honorary president.

Since then, City have moved up the League Two table, reached the last eight of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and beaten Wigan, Arsenal and Aston VIlla to reach the League Cup final. The Dalai Lama's message of support was received by Friends of Bradford City's chairman Mark Neale.

“On behalf of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, may I offer you, and indeed the whole team of players for Bradford City, huge congratulations on your incredible success.

“If His Holiness' blessing has helped in any way towards your wonderful efforts, I hope that blessing will continue to bring you good fortune.

“He would hope that this tremendous achievement can be turned into an opportunity to help others, demonstrating the power of sport to bring happiness to others on and off the pitch.

“He remembers his time in Yorkshire with great affection and wishes you every success in the big match. Of course, we at the Office of Tibet also wish you the best of luck in the final!”

– Message on behalf of the Dalai Lama