The tragic circumstances surrounding the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 are still being digested all over the globe, with the lives of 298 innocent civilians needlessly lost forever.
Every passenger and crew member are thought to have perished in the disaster, provoking an acute sense of grief in the hearts of many, with everyone’s thoughts rightly focussed on the friends and families of the victims.
Amongst the 10 Britons who passed away, were two Newcastle United fans, John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were on their way to New Zealand to see their beloved Magpies participate in pre-season fixtures.
As you would expect, given the close-knit nature of the game throughout the UK, countless supporters from rival teams have been quick to pay their respects to John and Liam, with Palace proving to be no different.
Newcastle fan Dan Lewis, who attended the memorial service held for the pair on Monday at St James’ Park, spotted a red and blue shirt laying in respect at their passing amidst a sea of black and white, placed there just hours before by Marcos Rosa, a Palace fan who was in Newcastle on business and felt compelled to show that fans from further afield were deeply saddened by the devastating news.
Of course, it goes without saying that tragedies such as this put our passion over things such as football into perspective, but given the toxic nature of so many news cycles lately, it’s heartwarming to hear of a gesture made out of genuine empathy towards others.
RIP to John and Liam.