Sound Of Football Podcast 356 - Too much love



This weekend saw the postponement of the 2nd leg of the Copa Libertadores Cup Final between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate after the Boca team bus was attacked by River fans on the way to the stadium. The passion shown by supporters of both sides is something that is envied and is often stoked by those with a financial interest in the game, but when those passions run out of control - leading to violent incidents such as those on Saturday - who picks up the pieces?

Without drawing any of the blame for this incident away from those who attacked the bus, we look at the responsibilities everyone involved in the game has to make sure that things like this don't blight something that should be fun.

Is it possible to have emotional intensity in football without the ugly side of football fandom emerging? Are socio-political issues the best indicator we have for violent behaviour at football? And just how wise was it to have this powder keg fixture in a city just a few days before it hosts the G20 summit?

Jan also ponders just why there aren't more chants in the Tyne/Wear derby that revolve around the issue of Coal Trade Rights in the 17th century.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

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