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Expressions For Real: Football Euphoria

30 April 2012, 12:03 Seyi Olanihun

I’m not an avid soccer fan… in fact I don’t watch it. Well I watch World Cup if that counts and we all know how many times that takes place! Quite recently I started watching live matches of my church league. Each month has a team to support and since it’s all part of the fun I go to the pitch to encourage my team. For EPL, La Liga and Spanish league fans and supporters out there, I know I’m not to be reckoned with. I make no apologies and still find that I can do without good old football.
Despite not being an avid follower or supporter of any of the clubs but because of my recent encounter with the game I’ve come to understand why people’s emotions tend to ride high when their teams are playing. The bad calls by the referees, dives by players, unsportsmanlike behaviour of other club players et al is quite understandable.

What I simply don’t get on the other hand is the extreme euphoria of some fans. We’ve all read about husbands, boyfriends etc being uncommunicative during matches (especially if the tide’s against their club) and others getting violent to the point of murder. Violent clashes of opposing fans are common in Europe and Britain.

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