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Football and Fans: No-one likes us, we don’t care

by | 8th, December 2014

BRITISH football fans are some of the most maligned people in the world.

When the press mention the fans, you know that they’re taking about the kind of people who throw garden furniture while stocked up on Super Bock. When football-haters say they hate fans, no-one ever really corrects them to point out that it is only a minority of football fans who sing loudly in the street and vote UKIP.

What with football being the most popular sport in the world, it stands to reason that the majority of people who watch it are nice, calm, considered, into films and music and invariably drink less than your average depressed middle class housewife.

But people don’t like football fans. Football fans are bad.

If you look toward clubs, they’re not keen on fans either, despite constant proclamations of love for ‘the passion’ that fans bring. That passion, in the modern game, is used solely as a marketing tool to sell the corporate hospitality boxes and work sponsors up into parting with more cash. Clubs earn money from TV rights, not season tickets. As far as television is concerned, it doesn’t matter who you support, as long as you’re watching.

This week, Nigel Pearson said Leicester fans could “stay at home” after his side were beaten by Liverpool 3-1. He said : “I had a spat with a fan towards the end. If they cannot see the players are having a proper go maybe they need to stay at home.”

Of course, the various football associations and world bodies like UEFA and FIFA notoriously couldn’t care less about the fans. A series of stadium disasters were the only thing that snapped the governing bodies out of their nonchalance. Fans have to die before the people that run the game take notice.

The media notoriously loathe football fans, only every showing them on their pages and newsreels when someone is throwing their season ticket at a manager, fighting, singing unpleasant songs or what have you. Even when an entire city Liverpool refuses to buy The Sun for the appalling things said about those at the awful Hillsborough disaster, people still choose to side with the press when it comes to passing judgement on fans. Even the amount fans pay to watch football on TV in England is the most expensive in the world, with the rights held so close to the companies that own them, that you either watch it on Sky or Match of the Day, or whistle (unlike

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