The bottle cap must be removed
So you cannot throw the plastic bottle
I pour my drink
At the feet of the security staff
Toss the bottle in a bin
Meanwhile, standing under trees
On the walkway to the ground
Young men imbibe
Cases of cheap beer before the game
Inside they spew smoke from flares
That fills the cavernous stadium
Halt the game
Spectators high in the stands
Make paper darts
From publicity handouts
That drift toward the seats below
A car firm distributes wands
For participation in the pre-match light show
There is goal celebration music
Large cardboard buckets
Of popcorn on spectators’ knees
It is football, Jules
But not as we know it.
n.b. Jules Rimet would be turning in his grave, as would Henri Delauney. These French football administrators worked together to set up the FIFA world cup and European competitions.
Delauney was a player and then referee before turning to administration full-time. His stint at refereeing ended when a ball hit him in the face, smashing his whistle down his throat and knocking out two teeth.
At the end of last night’s match Olympic Lyonnaise had scored two goals to the one of OCG Nice.
The trams back to the city centre were very efficient.