There’s talk that at the Barnsley v Walsall match tomorrow there is going to be a minute’s applause for Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, a 25 year old Barnsley man who is reported as being the first Briton killed fighting ISIS alongside the Kurds.
Now I’m no fan of ISIS, but it seems that I’m a lone voice on the supporters forums by feeling a bit uncomfortable about all this. I appreciate the sentiments of him fighting for what he believes in (aren’t ISIS saying that also), but the whole idea doesn’t sit right with me – this is someone who made a choice to go and fight in someone else’s war, to kill people, when he was under no obligation to do so, and ended up paying the price for it. I’m sorry for his family but what good will applause at a football match actually do? It’s not as if his family are football fans, neither was he, he had no connection to the club at all other than it was his hometown club.
Am I wrong feeling this way, should I just STFU and stand and clap for the 25th minute? I’m seriously considering not going because of this.