Russia 0 Wales 0 – A Regret

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 A regrettable incident
In the middle of the game
When the wonderful Welsh Dragons
Were living up to their name

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 So what’s to regret?
The brush off, or alleged use of the elbow
Or the theatrical dive
That accompanied the non-existant blow?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Or rather, the provocation
That went unpunished and unseen
The raking of studs
That splashed red onto green?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Missed by the ref
But evidence the broken skin
The full back knew what he was doing
When screw-ins, scoured calf ‘n shin


Russia 0 Wales 0 – Euro 2004 Play off, 1st leg,
Saturday 15th November 2003.
Following a dreadful tackle on Ryan Giggs, the Russians felt he exacted retribution on the offender.
The Russians are trying to have Ryan banned from the second leg by using video evidence.

Mr James Johnston, whoever you be,
I doff my cap to you – I loved your quote regarding this incident, on the BBC website football chatroom, and I quote :
“Sending the tape to Uefa can only help Wales, because the Russian fell to the ground about the same time as Giggs got back to the hotel!!”

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/russia-0-wales-0-a-regret/