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Fare play

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The Russians would prefer an auction
The Qataris and Spanish prefer to barter
The Brits with a stiff upper lip
Abide by the Order of the Garter

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Mr FIFA and his minions
Just try to brush under the carpet
They all have too much invested
In this mad commodities market

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 And so two World Cups in tandem
Are awaiting the venue decision
We put our trust in principled ethics
That we may not be howling in derision!

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 But to underestimate the passion
Of our Beautiful and global game?
Smacks to me of a guilty denial
And fingers ready to point and blame!

Deliberate pun in the title.


From the BBC website ….

Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari president of the Asian Football Confederation and a member of the executive committee which will vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, has now expressed doubts about the fairness of the newspaper’s investigation.

His remarks will increase concerns that England’s 2018 bid may suffer from a backlash by Fifa members unhappy at the Sunday Times sting and a programme currently being worked on by BBC Panorama.

Bin Hammam said on his website: “Forging identity, fabricating evidence and setting traps are unethical behaviours in my point of view.

“One thing about Middle East media, these are rare happenings there.
“Is it ethical to use unethical measures to protect the ethic?

“How can we serve justice and look for fairness by not acting justly and fairly? How will we clean dirty laundry by using dirty water?”

Bin Hammam also echoed Fifa president Sepp Blatter in conceding it was a mistake to have the 2018 and 2022 votes on the same day, 2 December.

He said: “We all underestimated the passion for the game around the world; we miscalculated how much football has influence over the feelings of people.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/fare-play/