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Tabloids Use David Beckham To Make Sense Of Robert Sebbage’s Senseless Death

by | 14th, July 2011

ROBERT Sebbage has been killed. It’s front-page news on the Daily Star and Daily Mirror . Why? Is it because the death of an 18-year-old lad on the Greek island of Zante is especially tragic?

Is it any more tragic than the death of Rifleman Will Aldridge, 18, from Bredenbury, Herefordshire, who died in 2009 when he was caught in an explosion in Helmand province, Afghanistan?

Is it more worthy of our attention than the death if Rifleman Liam Maughan, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, who was shot dead in Sangin in Helmand Province in 2010?

The Daily Star explains why this is front-page news in its front-page headline:

“BECKS Boy Knifed To Death”

He was David Beckham’s son? No. The Star explains all in its opening paragraph, which, tellingly, does not even contain the name of the dead man:

A TEENAGER who once stood alongside David Beckham as an England mascot has been knifed to death in Greece.

And that’s it. The Mirror goes even better. It explains the entire story and reason for is prominence in its front page:

This is England mascot Robert Sebbage with his idol David Beckham on the proudest day of his life… yesterday, aged 18, he was knifed to death on a Greek island over a taxi fare”

Sebbage was 14 when he stood by Beckham in friendly match between England and Brazil. Laurie Hanna tries the impossible: to make sense of a futile loss of a young life. The facts are not all in but the hacks still manages to cast the victim in a soft glow and

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