When fandom becomes fanaticism

It’s no secret that supporters of sporting teams and athletes are notorious for indulging or ignoring the off-field excesses of their heroes. But just how much is your average sports fan prepared to overlook?

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
14th June, 2015
Sepp Blatter and Chuck Blazer in happier times;

In 2001, a study by the University of Kentucky reported some disturbing findings about the fans of the college’s sports teams, and about sports fans generally.

When given the shield of anonymity, the fans were willing to make some fairly profound moral compromises, they admitted, to ensure their team would gain an advantage.

The results were startling. As many as 41 per cent would let the student players copy from them in a class...

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