He is sat on the bench, and Rotherham are 4-0 down with 10 minutes left, so the manager gives the nod, and on he goes. The kid is a sensation – he scores 5 goals in the 10 minutes and wins the game. The fans are delighted, and all the media love the new star.
When he comes out the changing rooms, he immediately phones his mother to tell her about his first appearance for the team. “Guess what”, he says, “I played for 10 minutes, we were 4-0 down, but I scored 5 goals and we won the game. Everybody loves me, the fans, the media, they all love me.”
“Let me tell you about our day”, said his mother. “Your father got shot in the street and robbed, your sister and I were ambushed, raped and beaten, and your brother has joined a gang of thieves and looters, and all while you were having such a great time.
The young Syrian lad is upset. “What can I say, Mum, I’m so sorry.”
“Sorry? You’re sorry?” says his mother. “It’s your fault we moved to Rotherham in the first place.”