If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that football is never more important than health or family.
Our national sport undoubtedly plays a big part in people’s lives, such is the affection we have for the beautiful game.
But there was one moment during this weekend’s Championship action – amid a frantic final day – that shows some things are more important.
Sol Bamba, the Cardiff City defender who underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, made his return to action on Saturday. It was a cameo appearance as a substitute late on in City’s game with Rotherham.
But it was the actions of opposition boss Paul Warne that won plenty of plaudits. Despite his side having just conceded and being on their way to relegation into League One, Warne still took the time to embrace Bamba before he entered the field.
It was a class act by the Millers’ boss and one that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the football fraternity.
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It was Bamba’s first appearance since December and his boss Mick McCarthy says his cameo delighted everyone at the Welsh club.
“Sol has been a big part of this club for a long time,” McCarthy said.
“He got on the pitch and he was delighted with that and the lads were all delighted for him, as I am and the staff are.
“He has been a big part of the club. Everybody loves him.”
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