Originally Posted by joachim
Soccer can be very friendly , I'm here in the USA a season ticket holder (the american MLS ), and all soccer events have been pleasant ( so far
Unfortunately, UK football also has a hateful element of violence, racisim, bigotry, xenophobia & ill-tempered drunkenness, strongly
associated with it. As well as a bit of an "its only high-jinks" attitude to the misbehaviour of significant sections of the fanbase who are more or less allowed to get away with some pretty appaling behaviour, repeatedly. My old neighbourhood used to become a complete no-go area on many match days. The police just kettled-up the supporters & left them to get on with it whilst we either got out of there or just bunkered down in our homes till it was over.
Then of course there is also the view of footballers as the spoiled darlings of society who can do no wrong to contend with as well.
The warm-up to the current whatever-cup is already on now & we are being innundated with adverts glorifying the excesses of football fans & the god-like stature of players. I don't think much is going to change when the WC comes here & the worst of them are gloating about it already.