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Fans were rightly praised for uniting in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, but maybe that’s the least we should expect

There was something moving about the entire crowd at Anfield applauding for Cristiano Ronaldo in the seventh minute on Tuesday night. The “moment of the game,” said Jürgen Klopp, “so many things are much more important in life than football”. He is right of course. It is rare when two sets of supporters – especially rivals – come together for any reason.

But when you step back and think about it, isn’t it the least we should expect? Being respectful and supportive of someone going through a personal tragedy shouldn’t be a surprising way to act. What does it say about our expectations of football fans and their extreme tribalism that this moment was viewed as a kind of zenith of human behaviour?

Continue reading…Fans were rightly praised for uniting in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, but maybe that’s the least we should expectThere was something moving about the entire crowd at Anfield applauding for Cristiano Ronaldo in the seventh minute on Tuesday night. The “moment of the game,” said Jürgen Klopp, “so many things are much more important in life than football”. He is right of course. It is rare when two sets of supporters – especially rivals – come together for any reason.But when you step back and think about it, isn’t it the least we should expect? Being respectful and supportive of someone going through a personal tragedy shouldn’t be a surprising way to act. What does it say about our expectations of football fans and their extreme tribalism that this moment was viewed as a kind of zenith of human behaviour? Continue reading…Read MoreFootball | The Guardian

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