Check-in on any given Saturday or Sunday during the season and you will see the same thing: one or more fanbases in total emotional disarray. Offensive messages are being tweeted to players, fellow supporters are verbally squaring-up to each other in reaction videos and, at times, it’s just an exercise in outrage one-upmanship.
It’s exhausting. Beyond a certain level of the game, the ‘maybe it will be better next week’ mentality has all but vanished and has been replaced with this perma-rage. From a fan’s perspective, the Premier League is just a toxic blend of contextless opinions, alarmist reactions and schadenfreude.
There are very real issues in football which deserve such a response. The reaction to the Ched Evans situation and to the controversy involving Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan serve as recent examples of problems which should draw plenty or ire and, in a different sense, the escalating price of admission fully warrants the reaction it continues to provoke.
But on a pitch level, when did football become so angry?
A lot of supporters seem to operate between two states: crowing contentment and fierce irritation. There’s no progression between the two and there’s no middle-ground, on a week-to-week basis they just oscillate back-and-forth depending on individual results. Everyone assumes that they have absolute knowledge of the game, nobody has any tolerance for opinions which differ from their own, and football fandom is starting to feel more like a battle than a hobby.”
— When did football become so angry? by Seb Stafford-Bloor at Premier League Owl