The entertaining Cardiff City vs Manchester United clash on Sunday was full of incident and talking points.
Wayne Rooney’s petulant kick, Gary Medel’s swipe at Maroune Fellaini, and four well taken goals were part of an absorbing clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.
However, one point that seems to have escaped attention is the reception of a certain Ryan Giggs. Manchester United’s iconic player and a wonderful servant for Wales, Giggs was subject to some partisan booing by the Cardiff faithful in his city of birth.
The reception was surprising to say the least. It just goes to show the utter tribalism that is rampant in the Premier League. It is in a way one of the many factors that makes the league such a great spectacle, but sometimes the partisanship borders on the ridiculous.
For example, Luis Suarez is booed after being subject to an astonishingly terrible tackle by Kevin Mirallas. The aforementioned Suarez subjects Patrice Evra to racist abuse, and Evra is the one booed at Anfield for being a victim and complaining about it. Javi Garcia is subjected to the same treatment by the Sunderland faithful after almost having his leg broken in two by a Sebastian Larsson tackle.
These are a few of the many incidents that show the level of one-eyed devotion that exists in the Premier League today.
While it has not and hopefully never will reach the riotous levels of the River Plate-Boca Juniors rivalry in Argentina, the level of tribalism in the Premier League does border on the unhealthy sometimes.
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