Originally Posted by miffedmax
Indeed, quite a few people were more than happy to share their negative stereotypes of football fans, despite the fact that millions of us enjoy and admire the contributions of athletes from around the world. I've also found that no matter where I am (outside of the US) I can strike up a friendly conversation over a beer about football with almost anyone. The idea that all football fans are racists is as stupid as the idea that no football fans are racists.
you are probably speaking as an american. football will remain the most popular sport in europe no matter what. still, people here understand that some aspects of the football culture in europe are problematic. and i guess it is the tribalist, local patriotic aspect that attracts a disproportionate number of xenophobes and racists. who are still a tiny minority nevertheless. but they can ruin the fun for everyone, like at that milan friendly.