Sir Elton John claims soccer helped save his relationship with his late father.The flamboyant singer says he and his dad Stanley Dwight, who passed away in 1992, patched up their differences by bonding over their love of the sport. Elton - who was once the chairman for Watford Football Club - is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "I made my peace with my father in the end. We were still awkward with each other. That awkwardness never goes. But he was very proud of me in the end and I was chairman of Watford so when I went up to Liverpool and watched Liverpool and Watford or Everton and Watford, he used to come."The 'Rocket Man' singer, who entered into a civil partnership with his long-term lover David Furnish in 2005, revealed he was very frightened of his father.He added: "I didn't hate my father. I was afraid of him because he was very strict disciplinarian and he didn't approve of me doing what I did at all."