This is one of those stories to remember. Paul Strattonfan of Evertonwill never forget the night of July 29, 2022. The 44-year-old English fan was able to take a penalty in the friendly match that faced the team he loves with the kyiv Dynamo. During the meeting, Frank Lampard gave entry to the fan of the toffees in Goodison Park to score the maximum penalty.
An award for generosity
Paul Stratton is one of those people who dedicates his body and soul to helping others. Liverpool municipal worker, he has been helping ukrainian refugees affected by the war. Stratton decided to go to Poland with his car to take food and supplies to refugees fleeing from the Russian invasion.
Good game, @DynamoKyiv. 🤝
—Everton (@Everton) July 29, 2022
In the match played between the English and the Ukrainians, labeled as “the party for peace” Something unusual happened. Towards the end of the game, Lampard brought on a player who is not on his squad. It was Paul Stratton, who was rewarded for his generosity and solidarity fulfilling the dream of many fans: score a goal with the team of your loves.
Dressed in his team’s colours, Stratton ran onto the field to take the penalty. Lampard did not hesitate to encourage the visibly nervous fan, the match referee did not miss the opportunity to relax Stratton either. Finally, with the help of the Ukrainian goalkeeper, the fan fulfilled his dream and scored the goal.
Last night was in aid of the people of Ukraine. 🇺🇦
At the end of the game, Paul Stratton, a 44-year-old Evertonian was surprised by @McInTweet‘s Big Show due to his brave efforts to help Ukrainians this year. 💙💛
—Everton (@Everton) July 30, 2022
both sets they wanted to reward the kindness and good faith of the English. In this way it is demonstrated, once again, that football breaks barriers and that, in this case, it far beyond a simple sport. After getting the goal, Stratton celebrated the goal by throwing himself to the ground before being able to hug each and every one of the Everton players. Goodison Park did not hesitate to applaud the fan which witnessed a night to remember.
Football gives a great image after the incidents in Turkey
What happened at the Everton stadium was undoubtedly great news for the world of football after the unfortunate incidents that occurred in Turkey between Fenerbahçe and Dinamo Kiev, from the Champions League preview. During the match, a large section of the local fans chanted in favor of Vladimir Putinthus staining the world of football.
The money generated by ticket sales, according to the Kiev club, will go to charities and humanitarian organizations to continue trying to help the people who need it most in Ukraine. Once again football turns to injustice and manages to move us with gestures like the one experienced in Goodison Park, because football is not just “11 guys running after a ball”.
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Recognition of Paul Stratton, an Everton fan who turned to Ukraine
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