World Cup 2010 – Day 24

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Everyone is twittering and tweeting
About the incident on Friday night.
Could this action be construed as cheating?
Can anyone define what’s wrong or right?
I’m not talking here of Ronan Keating
(I hope his heart recovers from the pain)
But Suarez’ handball that they keep repeating
On Sky, again, again, again, again.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Some analysts apparently are bleating
That justice in this case has not been done.
By all accounts, it seems that it is eating
Them that Ghana did not win two-one.
And now it seems a lobby is entreating
FIFA to take up an active role
And urgently convene a special meeting
To introduce the so-called ‘penalty goal.’

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Such arguments, I fear, are self-defeating –
The rule would be too awkward to define.
The incident perhaps may be too fleeting,
And where would referees then draw the line?
A penalty and, by one man, depleting
The side that has not played things strictly fair
Seems punishment enough for so-called cheating
(Which I’d have done myself if I’d been there.)

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 If I had picked a team to be world-beating,
I’d want no-one who stood on etiquette.
And if I ever saw a hand retreating,
When the ball was heading for the empty net,
By God, it’s very soon I’d be completing
His transfer to the C-League in Iran.
If this is what the crowd define as cheating,
Then I have always been a cheating man.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/world-cup-2010-day-24/