Violence and English soccer are unfortunately linked in the minds of many people. It’s a partially fair association given the game’s widespread problems with hooliganism back in the ‘80s, but like most preconceptions it ignores the undeniable fact that these issues are mostly things of the past in the UK. Tougher rules for spectators, harsher punishments for offenders and a push to make soccer a family sport have made that troubled history seem a distant bad dream.
But being an English soccer fan, I can also sympathize with the haters. Manchester United is a hugely successful and well-supported team over here, but I really don’t like them. And I’m not alone. They really are a polarizing club: their phenomenal
A basic fact of all sports is that rules change. Go back far enough, and even your favorite and most familiar pastime starts to look entirely different. Basketball is a great example of this, having changed substantially in the few short years after James Naismith strung up a pair of peach baskets