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  • A Yahoo! User Feb 5, 2008 17:33 Flag

    The Tragedy of Football

    In light of the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, I would just like to say some words.

    On the 6th of February 1958, Manchester United lost eight players to a take-off malfunction in Munich, Germany. Although I'm much to young to have been around, my father used to speak about it with a heavy heart and in turn affected me in many ways. Regardless of the fact that it happened so many years ago, the impact is very much present today. After that day, as my father put it to me, football became unimportant and rallying behind Manchester United became less about love for the club, and more about the compassion for humanity. on the reverse, people who were never interested in football before started following Man Utd and compassion evolved into passion. The biggest gift the fallen Babes gave to us was our large family of supporters on all far corners of the globe.

    The wonder is always there of what would have happened if they got on a different plane. Would they have won the European Cup?, would England have won the 1958 World Cup in Sweden? But Wondering "What If" sullies the "What Happened" and altering the reality around the situation takes away from its gravity.

    Tomorrow, spare a thought for the lives lost, but most of all, spare a thought for Sir Bobby Charlton, who lost more than anyone on that day.
    My thoughts will be with him and all the families of the fallen Babes.

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