Please, help me, supporters of England´s football team:
- what did you (or your spouse) say when you saw that the assistant referee stole England´s second goal (last minutes of the first half)?
No foul language, please, I need dialogue for a cosy story. And if you send suggestions, I take it for granted that I may use your remarks.
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I'm not a supporter adn I was in a room with 120 red an white shirts at the time, so your bar on foul language means I couldn't possibly comment.
I thought the officials were so stunned by England's abject performance in conceding the first two German goals they could not see straight.
I screamed but then England's defence played like a schoolboy team, making the pitch look a lot wider at their end. Most of the England defence looked like they had had recent knee surgery.
I think the no foul language element may mean you're going to have to sacrifice realism, Dorte...
Mr Petty Witter: well, thank you for trying, but I can see your dilemma.
Norman: I like your way out of the foul language trap :D
- and who knows, perhaps they had knee surgery. Too much sports has never been healthy.
Seana: well, that shouldn´t matter, really. Whenever has anyone expected realism in a cosy mystery?
I am not much help I am afraid. I was out with my daughters at the time looking for bedlinen for my elder daughter's new rented house next academic year. It was a good time to go shopping as the town was deserted. (We guessed this and we were correct.) My football-keen husband had to attend the Ruby wedding party of a cousin - he accepted the invitation at Christmas with no idea of the fated day...so he was not around at the time, which is just as well given the "black cloud" effect these things always have.
Maxine: well, I may have to resort to my own imagination. Dear me. Don´t know where this football idea came from (background noises, most likely).
My son and husband just couldn't believe that the ref couldn't see that the ball was over the line. In the heat of the moment (and it was hot) they kept on saying something like,'But it's obvious - it was over the line!' louder and louder, shouting at the TV. they shout at the TV a lot when the football's one and have lots of suggestions about how the game should be played and how the ref should check with the linesman and the TV recording as they do in rugby. According to them the rules need looking at!!! The ref's decision cannot be reversed at present even if he's blatantly wrong. We're all indignant about it, but then England didn't play well at all - schoolboy football they said - if fact schoolboys could probably play better.
Margaret: thank you! I am sure there must be many versions of that story out there, and as someone said today (at a Danish birthday party), it must have influenced the way the English team felt when they ran off to half-time.
My ten year old, who has an over-active sense of justice made the comment that the ref must have been blind to miss that one, and boy was he going to pay for that later.
The eight year old, who's not that into soccer just kind of yawned and wandered off saying too bad.
Vanda: thank you for your contribution.
I don´t think one has to have an over-active sense of justice to think the referee ´stole´ a goal from England.
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