Fans Sing For Opposition Goalkeeper Who Lost His Mother

It’s pretty rare for an athlete to get a standing ovation from opposing fans in any sport. But on Friday night in the Netherlands, that’s exactly what happened (reports Isaac Saul).

NAC Breda goalie Jelle ten Rouwelaar had lost his 61-year-old mother not long before their game against the Go Ahead Eagles. During the 61st minute of action, fans of the Go Ahead Eagles club — who were the home team — gave Rouwelaar a standing ovation.

But they weren’t done there. Shortly after, along with NAC Breda fans, they all broke into a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Rouwelaar was clearly touched by the gesture, despite trailing in the game, and he took a moment to acknowledge the fans during their song. It was a truly beautiful moment that reminded everyone sports, and competition, aren’t the most important things in the world.

 

Thanks to  @ike_saul for reporting this and John Walsh for alerting us to this beautiful story.

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