Manchester United honour Irish students killed in Berkeley
Bastian Schweinsteiger posed with a photograph of Dublin student Niccolai Schuster
Germany and Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger paid his respects to Irish student Niccolai Schuster who was killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Martin Lacey/Copyright The Irish Times
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney led stars including Juan Mata and Memphis Depay along with the San José Earthquakes team in a moment’s silence to remember the Berkeley victims. Photograph: Martin Lacey/Copyright The Irish Times
The footballer held the photograph of himself and Mr Schuster, a picture the student treasured and an image that was widely circulated following the accident.
Mr Schuster’s friends wore Bayern Munich jerseys at his funeral in Dublin to honour the student.
Mr Schweinsteiger and his team mates joined 18,000 fans, a capacity crowd at Avaya Stadium in San José, the home of the San José Earthquakes, south of San Francisco, to observe a moment’s silence before the game in memory of the six students killed in Berkeley.
The English Premier League team’s captain Wayne Rooney led stars including Juan Mata and Memphis Depay along with their American Major League Soccer opponents in silence to remember the victims before Manchester United’s second game of their US summer tour.
The four students still in hospital following the accident five weeks ago are now being treated in the same Californian medical centre.
A third student injured in the accident, Conor Flynn, left San Francisco on a flight to Dublin on Tuesday evening after being cleared by doctors to fly. Although released from hospital the week after the accident, he had been unable to fly due to a punctured lung.
Irish students on J-1 summer visas in the Bay Area were spotted wearing GAA and Irish jerseys among the crowd of spectators at the game in San José on Tuesday night.
Mr Schweinsteiger started the friendly fixture on the bench and came on as a substitute at a half-time.
San José and Ireland have strong connections. The city is twined with Dublin and San José-Dublin Sister City Committee, which organises events involving the cities, has close ties with the Earthquakes.