It's been a strange couple of weeks for football fans and players around the world (or soccer fans, if you are from the U.S. like me). The pinnacle being the death on-field of Italian Piermario Morosini who died yesterday of an apparent heart-related condition at age 25. This after the near death of 23-year-old Zaire-born Fabrice Muamba on March 17 of what seems at this time to be a similar condition. Muamba seems to be improving although he is not out of the hospital. Reports are that he may receive a defibrillator to keep something like this from happening again.
Meanwhile, a match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur made headlines today for the wrong reasons. Before the two competed at Wembley, the crowd was to have a minute of silence in respect for both Morosini and in remembrance of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster on April, 15, 1989. However, a small group of Chelsea fans decided to interrupt the silence and be disrespectful.
The Hillsborough disaster was an incident in the audience section in which more people were trying to enter into Hillsborough Stadium on the side assigned to Liverpool fans than the section could hold. As people outside heard the cheering from inside the stadium to signify the start of the match, the ones trying to get in formed a crush that caused many people inside to crush against each other and the fence. Police mismanagement of the crisis played a part as well. The whole disaster is much more complicated than this brief synopsis. Perhaps, soon, when I have more time, I'll look into writing up the whole ordeal.