To borrow a phrase from Damien Duff, anybody with half a brain will agree that it’s wrong to make a profit from a tragedy. Therefore, it’s good to see that those unethical people who tried to sell their Munich commemoration scarves on eBay have had their listings removed by the online auction site. The Independent report that Manchester United are delighted that these wrongdoers have not been allowed to make money out of a plane crash which killed several of the Red Devils squad fifty years ago.
An eBay spokeswoman said: “Due to the unique and commemorative nature of the scarves handed out at Sunday’s football match at Manchester United, eBay will not allow the sale of these items on the site. We are working to ensure these listings are removed from the site immediately.”
She said the “potential for profit to be made from human tragedy” conflicted with the site’s Offensive Material policy. “We applaud the move,” a United spokesman said. The former United winger, Albert Scanlon, a Munich survivor, said: “You don’t go to these [games] to make money.”
Many true Manchester United fans were already trying to spoil each scarf auction before eBay took their decision. If you’d logged on to the website yesterday, you would have seen ludicrous ‘spoiler’ bids to prevent any transaction taking place. Just how sick do you have to be to try and profit from a tragedy?