The death toll for the current outbreak of Ebola recently reached 4000, the infected person in Dallas has died, and health workers in places like Dallas and Madrid have been diagnosed with this terrible disease. The consequences of Ebola are obviously far-reaching. But what other kinds of consequences are there?
For the Sierra Leone soccer team, many more ramifications have been felt. Spectators taunt “ebola” at games and other countries have forfeited games in order to keep the Sierra Leone team from traveling and potentially spreading the disease. But the teams’ players are all disease-free.
The Seychelles forfeited a match in July rather than host Sierra Leone, but did not notify the visiting team until it was set to board a connecting flight in Nairobi, Kenya. Last month, while playing a designated “home” game in the group stage in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone was mocked with chants of “Ebola, Ebola” from beginning to end in a 2-0 defeat.
The same derisive chants greeted the Leone Stars as they took the field Saturday in a 0-0 tie against Cameroon, then subsided until late in the game, another “home” match for the team, played more than 1,500 miles from their West African nation.
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