David Ibbotson was piloting the plane in which Emiliano Sala was travelling when it crashed, killing both men. In the days following the crash, the Media made much of how sad it was the Sala was lost. Little consideration was given to the missing pilot and his family and when Sala was recovered from the wreckage, you could be forgiven for thinking that he was the only passenger and victim of the tragedy. Glad as I am that Salas’ family has been given the opportunity of closure, I am also very cross that the pilot has not received the same level of coverage.
A few days ago Davids’ daughter set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise the £300k needed to continue the search for her dad and it currently stands at £239k but donations are slowing down. What really REALLY annoys me about this, is that with just a handful of exceptions, the highly paid members of the footballing community/media haven’t rallied around to help, as many of them did for Sala! This tells me more than words about how celebrities of the footballing world view the ordinary person.
They would do well to remember that without their support staff, people like David and the ordinary fan, they wouldn’t be the highly paid ‘stars’ that they are today.
Two men died on that plane. Two sets of family grieve. No-one person is more important than the other.