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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

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FANATICISM AND SPORTSMANSHIP

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Sports have become an integral parts of our daily lives and this has fashioned the life of many of its ardent followers. It is so ingrained in us now that our various teams be it in soccer, basketball, rugby, golf, tennis, racing or whatsoever we are inclined have become so embedded in us that the results and outcome of our teams dictate the mood and productivity of many. In fact for many, sports is a getaway ticket from the daily hustling and bustling of our daily lives. This helps many to relax and have a given time of leisure though with passion. Many are of the view that sports generally have helped to draw many families which were otherwise on the brink of collapse together again; as even our women be it: mothers, sisters, wives or girlfriends now support the team the male folks support or have their own teams.

You see various fans adorned in all sort of jerseys; don't bother about the authenticity of many or the quality - I presume that is a matter for another day. Followers of sports create and find time to share in the joy and woes of their teams. The beauty of it all for me is it cuts across all strata of life as you see artisans, professionals, the learned and stack illiterate coming together for that specific duration of a match or contest and becoming one: A SUPPORTER. This has also brought about a dependable means of employment through the emergence of various viewing centres across africa in particular and the rate at which TV rights of various sports have escalated in recent years is but a testimony to the significance of sports as a whole. The society have come to recognise it as a unifying factor.

What bothers me is the rate at which our passion has declined to fanaticism which has become the bane of many disruptions at different sporting events and the horrific racism chants we here now from fans. Fans have crossed the line of decency and have forgotten that these players and individuals are just human as them bound to make mistakes and in fact in some cases be emotional as well. Most importantly, they are professionals and as one, have their set goals, aspirations and dreams. It baffles me when a football player for instance who tenders a transfer request becomes the object of ridicule by the same people who held him in high regard. They soon forget that this was once their hero who have become a zero overnight, in fact in some cases their messiah who either saves their team from relegation or earns them a trophy. Our jeers and boos only make matters worst. The players are only bound by contractual terms and nothing more. They have personal targets too like playing at the most glamorous and prestigious soccer events which needs regular playing time. They also have bills to pay and a family to keep at a particular standard. Hence the need to seek for a greener pasture even though the grass at the other end is not always green.

Be it for financial gains or personal relevance, the desires of these individuals must be respected although they owe allegiance to our respective teams. After all their reasons for being sportsmen or women is to have a better life just like any lawyer, doctor or shoe cobbler will aspire for.

Let us all be reasonable supporters!

 - Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide