An open letter to the football fandom,

I have somethings I want to tell you all, somethings you might not exactly want to hear but I think someone has got to say it. If you haven’t noticed an influx of problems/arguments amongst others then I would like to tell you that it is happening. Sad, but true. But maybe we could all work together to fix this mess. Just hear me out? Here goes:

It’s okay to support multiple teams.

It’s okay to be a fan of a player but not the club they play for.

It’s okay to disagree with other people when it comes to your team.

It’s okay to be upset when your team loses.

It’s okay to be joyful when they do well.

It’s okay to not agree with people on any given subject.

It’s okay to express yourself and your ties with a club in any way you see fit.

It’s okay to be different than other people.

It’s okay to be yourself.

What’s not okay is judging other people because they don’t share your point of view. It’s not okay to bash anyone for the things listed above.

The people who go to every home match and travel for every away game are no better than the people who wake up early or stay up late to watch their team on their television screens, and vise versa.

Whether you live five minutes from the stadium or five thousand miles away from it that does not define your devotion to your club. We are all fans, we all may disagree on somethings but we have one thing we can all agree on.

We love football.

We all show support in different ways, for different clubs, different leagues, and different players, but at heart we are all the same.

We love football.

That sole thing unites us, don’t let anything else divide that.

So please, you guys, stop all the hate. Let’s show each other support and lift one another up instead of constantly tearing each other down. If you have something to say there is a way to do it in a respectful manner.

I love this fandom but guys, this has got to stop. We’re better than that, let’s act like it. Let’s end this onslaught of hate. It’s not doing anybody any favors.

Edit: I forgot to add this but a lovely person pointed this one out as well: How long you have supported a team does NOT matter. Supporting a team since childhood does not make you any more of a fan than the people who just started watching it this year. We are all equal.