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Tom Rosenthal @rosentweets
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Here’s a far too earnest assessment of going to Russia as an England fan. It has been a phenomenal experience and has made me feel ashamed for ever worrying about coming. It’s clear the narrative of animosity between our two countries only serve those in control of them.
A number of Russians out here have asked me why we hate them because it’s what their media tells them. And it’s what our government tells them when it says we should be scared to go and compares them to the Nazis.
Putin uses this narrative to forge a Mourinho-esque us-against-them mentality, and everytime we feed it we only serve to strengthen him. But it’s obvious on visiting it is not a mentality the majority of the people are keen to embrace.
Yes there has been a fake show of welcomes with FIFA volunteers hired to high-five you with big blue foam hands. But there’s also been locals embracing other cultures and keen to tell us about theirs, far from the anti-British or racist xenophobia we were told to expect.
One even turned up to the pub dressed as a referee it was quality.
We are under-represented at this tournament. Countries who have travelled twice as far have twice as many fans. And it’s because of a lot of political crap that’s nothing to do with the amazing World Cup that Russia’s hosting.
Whatever happens, this England team has become one that deserves our support. We can’t have this Colombia game fee like an away match. This government already has a lot to answer for but it would be truly awful thing if the reason we go out of the World Cup is Boris Johnson.
So if there’s even a bone in your body which fancies it and you’re not in your overdraft get a Fan ID and book a flight. Go and support England and make a statement that you love what the team is doing but also that you won’t let fear-mongering politicians dictate your decisions.
Any match ticket can be used to apply for a Fan ID, even if already used. DM me I’ll send you the code if you want to use mine.
But don’t have a go at me when we go out on penalties.
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Ah man it pains me that there’s a typo at the start of this.
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