What really annoyed me tonight was this: people tweeting stuff about how others could not legitimately support a country that their ancestors came from just because they had ‘never visited’, ‘didn’t speak the language’ or ‘were only a quarter’.
It really worked me up because firstly, an individual should have the right to support ANY team they want, regardless of their heritage. The World Cup is about bringing people together, not trying to justify why in your opinion certain people cannot support certain countries- just because they haven’t proved themselves ‘enough’.
Sometimes I thought the tweets were slightly directed at me. Although my appearance suggests otherwise, I am half Italian, but a proud Italian at that. I don’t need to justify to bitter twitter users why I support that country. Neither should anyone who is a quarter Italian, an eighth Italian or not even Italian! How can you tell a person that their lack of racial purity (ie not enough of a nationality) means they are not worthy supporters??
Another thing I picked up on was the slightly sexist attitude that has been brought on- not by males, but by females in regard to other females. Saw tweets such as:
"Worst thing about World Cup is girls commenting like they’re pros."
Oh yes, just because the majority of the male population have watched a couple more of hours of football than most women, they are automatically entitled to make professional judgements…
Why on earth are you slagging other girls off, just to score brownie points with other boys?
As a girl myself, I thoroughly enjoy watching a football match, and could probably comment in detail about most of the gameplay.
And I know for a fact that some guys are absolutely clueless about football.
Although there have been many campaigns to stop prejudice on the pitch, it is most important to tackle the issues off the pitch.