To make it through a single season, let alone a lifetime, as a soccer fan requires a level of revisionist thinking that would make even Joseph Stalin blush.
That “must win” game that your team lost? It wasn’t “must win” at all. It’s the next one that will decide the season.
That clear handball that your central defender committed in the penalty area? Ball to hand at worst, and looked at from some angles it maybe even have hit his shoulder.
Soccer fans can swiftly reverse opinions that they have held for years as they happily shout abuse at a returning player that they once revered.
Or they can revise it on the fly as a forward that they have been abusing all game thumps a header into the top corner and allows them to turn to tell their mates that they never doubted him for a second.
So if revisionism is the default setting for fans then perhaps the events of this season are more understandable.
Nobody wants to go over the Suarez-Evra case again except, it seems, Liverpool fans who can’t seem to stop themselves from picking at the scab to see if it has healed only to see a little bit more pus come oozing out.
As that United-Liverpool game was still being played some fans were tweeting a link to a video that “proved” that it was Evra who refused the handshake and not Suarez.
Once the Uruguayan admitted that it was indeed he who had declined some still claimed that Evra had been half-hearted in his intentions thus mitigating the guilt that Suarez bore.
It’s not just Liverpool fans though.
At the start of the season some Arsenal supporters were calling for Wenger to be fired (more than a few were hoping that Owen Coyle could step in to fill the role although I suspect that they will deny it now) then the Gunners gradually climbed the table and “Arsene knows” became the more popular mantra.
The 4-0 defeat to Milan has switched the mood again and Wenger is once more seen as a burden to the club rather than a blessing.
When Wayne Rooney was rumoured to be moving to Manchester City there were death threats from United fans who now cheer his newly coiffed hair to the rafters, and City fans themselves have probably gone through enough moral pirouettes over Carlos Tevez to have twisted themselves into the turf at whatever name their stadium is currently being paid to promote.
The point is that we are all far too quick see this kind of ethical shenanigans in others and far too slow to recognize it in ourselves and, given the parlous state of morality within the game, which of us could actually judge our favoured team with an honest heart and still be enamoured with them?
Love may be blind but the love of a football team often requires us to be both blind and stupid, and we all seem able to rise to that challenge with frightening regularity.
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