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Condolences To Brave Babayaro

Often in football, we are presented with a situation that offers us a stark reminder that there are certain things in this world that are more important than football.

As Glen Roeder offered his opinions on Newcastle's home victory over Liverpool, the Magpies gaffer revealed that defender, Celestine Babayaro had played the game whilst suffering the most horrendous pain.

The night before the game Celestine telephoned his boss with the news that his younger brother had lost his life to tuberculosis.

After consulting with his older brothers, Babayaro made the tremendously brave decision to play the game in memory of his brother only 15 hours after his death.

We here at Vital Arsenal would like to offer Babayaro our deepest sympathies and the strength and courage to battle on in face of tremendous grief.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 11 2007

Time: 9:04AM

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Totally agree. Never really been a fan of his, but that was a courageous call, and I hope he is welcomed by every opposition fan until the end of the season.
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11/02/2007 09:10:00

It goes to show the strength of his character. What a tremendous loss, but thru such times, I'm sure he'll have the support of his family, club and fans to keep striding on with a raised head.
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11/02/2007 18:47:00

gr8 respect 4 da man.....shows his character...u don need 2 be a fan of new castle or even football to comend him....!!!
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11/02/2007 19:20:00

Too true, great effort Celestine.
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12/02/2007 08:16:00

Unbelievable performance given the circumstances. A brave act indeed.
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12/02/2007 15:18:00

true great character shown there.. true sportsmanship..
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12/02/2007 18:13:00

he is a versy respected player and that's a really brave decision that this man has made...
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13/02/2007 23:35:00


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