It is reported that parents are using video recordings to challenge referee decisions on school sports days.
Sports played at school should be for fun,
And that is how they should be run,
With teachers being referees,
But that can some parents displease.
The problem is the parents stand,
With cameras and iPhones in hand;
They film the whole lot blow by blow,
Then tell the ref where he can go.
The ref ignores them, he’s no fool,
He knows that he’s in charge at school,
But parents might the pitch invade –
A step that can be retrograde.
They hold their phones, they stand around,
The referee, though, stands his ground,
And as they let their cameras roll,
They argue if it was a goal.
The ref’s polite, he has to be,
He might admit he didn’t see,
But there upon the field of play,
It doesn’t matter anyway.
For the ref has the final word,
If not it would be quite absurd,
And all the parents who did scoff,
Will now be by the ref sent off.
So if your child is playing sport,
And this applies to any sort,
Just let them play, you bide your time,
And have another glass of wine.
And if you’ve brought too much for you,
The ref would likely want one too!