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The Fiver | Just a man, standing in front of a boy, asking him to sign a yellow card

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There is something heartwarming about seeing a 47-year-old man, a father of two, someone who has been involved in football for his entire adult life, rendered buckle-kneed like some starry-eyed teenager in the presence of someone who is, after all, just another footballer. There is a pleasing lack of cynicism about the moment, a refreshing lack of thought about how others might view him. Here is someone used to being treated with deference and to treating others with detachment, and for an instant that is all stripped away and he is just a man, standing in front of a boy, asking him to sign a yellow card for him. And also a red card, if he would be so kind.

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