Trad­ing places for a minute’s si­lence

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

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.

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