Trading places for a minute’s silence
It was a couple of years back that Romanian club FC Farul Constanta was stunned to hear the news of the passing of its coach driver of 25 years, Jean Podaru, players and staff sending a wreath to his home before holding an emotional minute’s silence before that day’s game.
And then at half-time the stadium announcer informed all present that they’d got it a bit wrong, that Jean was actually hale and hearty.
These things can happen. Ask the stadium announcer at Colombian club Santa Fe. “Please stand and offer a minute of silence in honour of Santos player Ricardo Oliveira,” he asked the crowd before the recent Copa Libertadores game between the sides. Among those who offered a minute of silence was, well, Santos player Ricardo Oliveira (left) who was extremely alive, unlike the club’s newly deceased former player Alexandre de Carvalho Kaneco. Santa Fe later apologised, explaining that they’d mixed up Ricardo Oliveira with Alexandre de Carvalho Kaneco. Well, the names are very, eh, similar. Oliveira, incidentally, was hauled off after 70 minutes after a ropey display, leading less than sympathetic Twitterers noting that the poor lad had died twice in the one day.