This is definitely going to be one of those articles without any proper conclusion.
There is a lot of notions about this so-called contemporary football which is very hard to explain sometimes and the extreme blend of “fan” behaviour will always come at the very first attempt to get in that special list. Don’t you think the word “Fan” in respect of sports, is becoming a term of rather conflicting standard. I think, once we wrongly assumed that blind emotions, to some extent radical behaviours were always a barometer of commitment and a sign of a supporter’s love, dedication to their club, but now it’s more apparent that the more you become an aggressive supporter – the group which patrols social media day and night always in the mood to create conflicts from peaceful enjoyable situations – the more you typically restrict yourself to a remote elite class of football pundits.
But that’s certainly not a universal truth and there is still a portion of fans going to see matches, who are pathetically mindless and also one-eyed. Then comes the online rage, these days a more familiar topic which seems to follow a group of so called football supporters who proudly feel they have something to prove; as if, wrongly, those sarcastic supporters believe that the more ridiculously they behave, the greater their chances of acceptance will be.
“Look what I did; look at how many people I antagonised today.”
More than anything, any supporter or fan who loves this beautiful game of football in a true sense is somewhat staggered by the relentlessness that surrounds us.
It’s an open secret; a lot of these special classes of supporters are quite intolerant, specifically when they don’t want to deal with opinions which they don’t like or don’t want to hear. Of course, nobody will enjoy hearing brutal (actual) truths and so harshly critical assessments of a team’s tactical or technical faults will always remain unpleasant and unpopular, but now even harmless observations are facing scathing trolls not been able to accept the hard truth.
It is also very important to understand the main difference between a debate and a rage. Football is always subjective in nature and part of its valuable appeal lies in the non-binary nature.
Is that a genuine penalty?
Why this player started the game?
Is this manager doing well?
It’s all healthy stuff for sure and typically part of the sport’s texture. Ironically some supporters get loud and angry losing patience in the middle of a debate, some fans try to shout their way to oppose a view which is not a preferred topic, while others just calmly exchange their views.
But this phenomenon, a sentry-post culture, not always relate to that. Rather, this extreme idealism refers to a situation where a supporter is so reluctant to entertain any view other than their own “valuable” interpretation of the game. If the so-called perception is exposed to even the smallest variation of their precise truth, it throws them into a furious rage.
Is it a curious thing? Why not!! May be a stranger perception of mind, but the motive behind these peculiar rages is not only to contradict the criticising negative opinion or to force the supporter of a rival club to recant, making sure that the topic isn’t even brought into daylight. It’s the “hands in ears, f…k off, f…k off, don’t dare to talk about it” stance and it sometimes becomes perplexing.
However, it’s not a confusing thing if you consider the context of human nature these days, but it is quite threatening when you consider the perspective of what “football fandom” has been concerned with traditionally. Like any other game, football also is about winning and losing, of course, but it is even built on the rivalries.
This new generation of these “militant” supporters origin from something different and to analyse the psychology of these football fans remains highly unconvincing. They are not regular club supporters whose minds have just been overcooked by blind love to their club; they are actually aggressive PR persons desperate to put an end to the unfavourable conversations by hook or crook. They generally try to use block capitals along with exclamation marks, they even refer to the players by special nicknames which later becomes popular, and they end their comments with furious letters and constantly used acronyms.
The 90-minute football matches are always incidental and this new breed of fans live only for the unpremeditated fights to show the love for their club which happens during the prelude or the aftermath.
So where does this curious rage come from? Any idea…