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Closed Doors

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 There’s players on the pitch,
There’s linesmen and a ref,
There’s journalists and TV crews,
As rightly you’d expect.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 But there are no supporters,
No cheering, chanting crowd,
The game’s being played behind closed doors,
The fans are all shut out.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The match can go ahead alright,
But folk must stay at home,
And watch it on their telly,
Their tablet or their phone.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Closed doors for Juve-Inter,
And at San Siro too,
Where Milan’s Rossoneri
Take on the Rossoblu.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 A virus called Corona
Has left some people dead.
So swiftly steps were taken,
To stem the scourge’s spread.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 They’ve closed the universities,
The theatres, the schools,
The panic button has been hit,
And Football’s not immune.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 The turnstiles are not clicking,
Stands, terraces are bare,
No flags, no songs, no scarves, no drums,
An eerie atmosphere.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 So, are these measures right or wrong,
This lockout good or bad?
I cannot tell, just shake my head,
And find it all so sad.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 28/2/20
Denys E. W. Jones

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Notes

This weekend several matches in Northern Italy will be played behind closed doors in a bid to slow the spread of the Corona virus.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/closed-doors/