Devaluing silence?

The other day I linked to this thoughtful article on a Burnley fans’ website about the devaluing of minutes of silence before football matches.

In today’s Observer, Burnley fan, Alastair Campbell, who I suspect reads the same fans’ website, has an article on the same theme.

I agree with both – there is a real danger that the whole point of a minutes silence, a moment of reflection and commeration of a life, is lost if it is overdone.

I’d suggest that unless we are talking about a large scale tragedy, such as Hillsborough or the Bradford fire, or an undeniably national figure such as Bobby Moore, that the guide should be the relevance of the person who has died to the clubs involved in the game.