After shocking video of a young Syrian refugee being cruelly bullied went viral on Twitter, a Good Samaritan who just so happens to be a Manchester United supporter stepped in to do the right thing.
On Tuesday, November 27, a video was uploaded to Twitter that shows a young, male Syrian refugee being bullied by a group of students at Almondsbury High School in Huddersfield, England.
While the video is horrid and has prompted some online to call for the main bully to be brought up on criminal charges, it is the sweeping response of complete strangers that has proved to be a source of inspiration.
A couple hours after the video went viral, Twitter user Ben Simpson (@simmo8927) stepped in — unprompted, mind you — to simply try and do the right thing by extending the sincerest of offers: his Manchester United season tickets.
“I can’t offer much but I have an adult’s and a child’s season ticket for @ManUtd. He and his mother can use them for any game they like. Or I can take him with me. My son is happy to give his ticket up,” Simmons tweet read.”
I can’t offer much but I have an adults and a child’s season ticket for @ManUtd. He and his mother can use them for any game they like. Or I can take him with me. My son is happy to give his ticket up.
— Ben Simpson (@simmo8927) November 27, 2018
When asked why he chose to offer such a kind gesture to a stranger, Mr. Simpson explained that his son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so he knows “how cruel young people can be.”
“If I can do something that will make this young boy smile and bring some joy into his life then I feel blessed,” Simpson said.
Perhaps best of all, there was one Twitter user who jokingly suggested that the young man should not have to be exposed to Manchester United (and their recent play) as he has “suffered enough”:
Hi Ben, I think this child has suffered enough, but the thought is appreciated.
— Aidan. (@Aidan__Lowery) November 28, 2018
While it is unclear at this time whether the teen has accepted Mr. Simpson’s offer, as we all know, it’s the thought that counts and it provides yet another reminder of how the beautiful game can shine its light far beyond the pitch.