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5 reasons why football fans of a club hate fans of another club

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Modified 25 Jul 2016, 20:32 IST

#2 Nothing better than watching your opponents bite the dust

Manchester United Fans
Manchester United fans mocking their city rivals the time since their last title

It’s a fact of life: The best way to enjoy a demolition is when you hate the opponents whom you overpowered. When Manchester United beat Arsenal 8-2 in the Premier League, those United fans who enjoyed it most were the ones who hated Arsenal from the days of the epic Fergie-Wenger battles of the early 2000s. The others enjoyed the lopsided battle but did not feel the true pleasure of the carnage which took place that day. 

Pretty much the same way, all Arsenal fans felt a little less sore at their defeat after the way Manchester City dismantled United 6-1 at Old Trafford a month or so later, even though it wasn’t their own team doing the honours. You have to feel strongly about your opponents to enjoy their downfall.

Published 25 Jul 2016, 16:18 IST
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