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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Roman's Holiday

Roman Abramovich is feeling blue
which is the hue of the Chelsea shirt.
They won the cup and he was due
to meet the winners and celebrate
as he is the owner of the dream team.
From the Home Office it was relayed
that his visa expired, so it would seem
that his presence has now been delayed.
Chelsea supporters are smelling a rat
and are convinced that it is a plot
that sly Mancunians are apt to concoct
to spoil the triumph of the conquerors.
But it sounds like a tale from a Brontë
and that theory can be be discounted.
As a neutral spectator (a Man City fan)
I can say the reds were quite correct
and their behaviour was sportsmanlike.
That's not the case in regards to the man
who achieved the victory, Antonio Conte.
He is said to have failed to get to the top
and it's time he stood up and be counted.
Perhaps a few million might be necessary
to soften the blow and prove a nice sop.

© Luigi Pagano

Downing Street defends visa regime amid reports of Abramovich delay

Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines, UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.

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