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I was watching football the other night,
They say it’s a beautiful game.
So I watched another tonight as it happens,
You know, they both looked the same.
Oh, the teams were different, the shirts were too,
And the officials that made sure of fair play.
The songs that came from the supporters were,
But the rest seemed the same I would say.
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I’ve read the books and learned the rules,
Watching replays on the tele.
Listened to all the presenters talks,
And studying players like Pele.
I know how the game is changing,
It’s not what it used to be.
There’s so much money that’s got involved,
Caused a lot of cheating you see.
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When my kids watch a match on the box,
Look dad, they shout at me.
That man just kicked the ball out,
It’s just been shown on TV.
He’s now claiming it’s his throw in,
The other player kicked it there.
Is that the rules of the game dad,
If so, then that’s not fair.
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Look dad they’ve got a penalty,
The man on the floor claimed the kick.
But he wasn’t touched by anyone,
Yet he went down just like a brick.
The referee he pointed downwards,
You’ll take the kick from here.
First I’ll get my book out,
There’s a name I must write in there.
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Why do they do that in a game?
Well boys, it’s all that money you see.
If the players can get a good result,
Then they’ve earned their fee.
The club then gets more supporters,
More money goes in to the bank
They then can get more successful,
And go to the top of the rank.
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It’s not cheating these days lads,
Called gamesmanship, that’s so.
It’s not in the rules, but that’s ok,
Because up the table they will go.
When you get older you will find,
Life is the same and it’s not fair.
Yet you’ll leave the ground a happy man,
Your team won, and you don’t care.
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When at work I’ve had success,
My goal has been reached for the day.
Should I celebrate the result like a player,
And then would you increase my pay.
Yet scorers do it on the pitch,
When they put one in to the net.
It’s their job that they’ve just done,
But it’s more for the praise that they get.