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Criticise? Moi?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The pronouncement has been uttered
And been passed down through the ranks.
The Eircom League’s bread’s buttered
And the clubs should show some thanks.
The FAI headquarters
Issued warnings dire and grave
Not to stir up muddy waters
And to learn how to behave.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The FAI has spoken,
It won’t tolerate dissent.
The rules must not be broken
By default or by intent.
The programmes must not slander
And the websites must refrain
Frrom repeating propaganda
That cuts deep against the grain.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The fines are quite substantial
If you do not play the game.
A punishment financial
Is the only way, they claim.
Should we bite the hand that feeds us,
Be disloyal and begrudge?
Or, say, praise our mighty leaders
If they vacillate and fudge?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 But the edict is quite puzzling
Because everyone’s aware
There’s no need for blanket muzzling
And the inf’rence is unfair.
For we love our suited masters
Silhouetted ‘gainst the sky
And we fear they have miscast us
As malevolent and sly.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 They are honest and hard-working
In the way the League is run,
Never failing, never shirking
From the work that must be done.
Though bad people might assail them
And go past that broken line,
God preserve we’ll ever fail them
And incur a hefty fine.

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Notes

The FAI who have recently taken over the Eircom League, have announced that any club website or programme that openly criticises the FAI will be subject to fines. Derry City were recently fined 5,000 euro when a poster on their web forum had some less than flattering things to say about our new leaders.
It will be interesting to see if the above poem is deemed acceptable by the Shelbourne matchday programme committee..

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/criticise-moi/