Sports teams will often have moments of silence to honor notable people who have passed away. It might be for a notable national figure where the team plays, it might be someone who played for or worked for the organization, or it could even be a particularly notable fan.
On Saturday, English soccer club Wigan Athletic FC had such a moment. Only, it wasn’t for a fan. Rather, it was for Keith, a pet duck belonging to a fan of the club.
Story of the weekend in the EFL at Wigan. pic.twitter.com/f7whDMSiDo— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 28, 2021
Someone on a Facebook group of Wigan Athletic supporters mentioned the passing of Keith and there was some confusion as people thought Keith was a human fan. Instead, it turned out Keith was a duck and it still resulted in Wigan Athletic offering a brief tribute to Keith. Every fan counts, and I imagine Keith saw a few matches in his time, so a tribute might very well have been fitting.
In a related note, Wigan defeated Portsmouth 1-0 in the match. Wigan competes in League One, which is the third tier of the English football league system. They are 3-1-1 and tied for second in the league with ten points.