A Sinister, Merciless, Fickle Crowd

“At San Siro in Milan on a Saturday night, the game is three-quarters done, the team is not playing well, and the home crowd needs a focal point for its discontent. When Inter’s coach withdraws a player, he becomes the butt of their discontent. He is Sulley Muntari, and as his number is illuminated, the tifosi whistle and bay at him. Muntari’s tears are visible on the big screen. Sometimes we must ask, why must soccer be such a bear pit?” (NYT)

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