Originally Posted by azdaja
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.
It's true, but nonetheless while in Britain, Europe and Mexico I've had many friendly conversations with locals about football. Most people, even football fans, are decent sorts who'd rather chat your ear off than bite it off. Not once have I had a bad experience.
White Sox games? Now those were scary.