THE chilling echoes with Munich, an unspeakable sporting disaster that claimed the lives, amongst others, of revered South Yorkshire footballers
Tommy Taylor, Mark Jones and David Pegg, were self-evident as news emerged of a tragic plane crash in Colombia involving players, officials and journalists from Brazil’s Chapecoense team.
Like the immortal ‘Busby Babes’ in 1958, this was a team of relatively young players representing their country in the latter stages of a prestigious continental tournament when calamity struck, and their deaths have already been widely mourned by the global football family.
It also puts into context tantrums about disputed decisions or water bottles kicked in frustration. Such unsporting outbursts are not even trivial when compared to the loss of an up-and-coming side which, by all accounts, had the world at its feet.