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Respect The Marc of Zoro!

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It doesn’t matter who you love
or which team you will die for
to rid the game of racism
is something we all try for

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 exept it seems in Italy
where slack response brings sorrow
but if you must be so inclined
you shouldn’t mess with Zoro

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 it’s fine for Catherine Zeta Jones
to fight him in a duel
but at the ground you’ll meet your match
should you ignore the rule

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 our hero as upon the screen
will stop the game right there
and will not take this evil sound
or hatred anywhere

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 but when will these authorities
just stamp out this abuse
if every man took Zoro’s stance
would this not change their views

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 but here’s their latest crazy plan
for every racist lout
they’ll start all games five minutes late
to sort the problem out !

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 they’ll give the players of each side
a chance to all complain
and if they don’t then fair enough
they’ll get on with the game!

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 so once again they fail to act
and put off til tomorrow
to stop this now I urge the fans
respect the Marc of Zoro!

I couldn’t believe this story when i heard it on radio and then read it a little later…Only the one they call Zoro could do this! .

On Sunday during the Messina v Internazionale ,the monkey chants from away fans directed at Marc Zoro of Messina became unbearable.
.Early in the second half, having had enough, he picked up the ball and walked over to the ref to ask him to suspend the game.

This next piece is from Guardian Unlimited.Nov.05………………
There followed the curious scene of Inter’s Brazilian striker Adriano desperately trying to drag Zoro back by the shirt to stop him reaching the official. When these attempts failed, the subsequent sideline conference between the referee and Zoro was interrupted by Adriano and two other Inter players, Obafemi Martins and Marco Materazzi, who convinced Zoro to play on.
“They were very kind” said Marc afterwards. “Martins and Adriano both said that this kind of thing happens to them a lot too, and not to let it provoke me. But they seemed more concerned with getting the game restarted and avoiding any complications than anything else. I came back on to avoid causing them problems.” The final whistle saw Zoro’s story flash all over Italy. Gestures of solidarity came thick and fast, the most curious of which saw Sunday night’s big football show on state television, La Domenica Sportiva, broadcasting its opening minutes in black and white.

The league, bless, has announced a five-minute delay to all this weekend’s kick-offs, to allow players to protest against racism. It should go without saying that none of that will make much difference – they often kick off late anyway. Still, the volume and intensity of the reaction to Zoro’s brave gesture suggests that, for once, the abuse won’t end up being swept under Serie A’s already bulging carpet. This kind of nonsense is nothing new and has been going on at Italian grounds for decades. Back in the 1980’s it was regional racism, with the southern fans, in particular Neapolitans, the subject of choruses anywhere north of Rome (“Smell that stink, even the dogs are running. It must be the Neapolitans coming”).

The league does little to counter it. So far this season, four similar cases have been met with fines. Last season, Serie B side Verona did receive a stadium ban for racist abuse of a Perugia player, but such unpleasantness is generally dismissed as an unpleasant fact of stadium life.

It’s comical to think that, of the two occasions I can recall a referee actually halting play in Italy for crowd abuse, both were for banners insulting a senior league bigwig. By contrast, racist, anti-semitic banners – including the jolly Swastika some Lazio fan was waving at Empoli this Sunday – are greeted with cheery indifference.

Zoro’s brave gesture may change that, having upped the ante and forced the authorities to take seriously the idea of suspending matches due to racism. It may well have opened a few player’s minds too – if there is a next time, perhaps we won’t see just one player walking with the others attempting to drag him back.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/respect-the-marc-of-zoro/