May 23, 2014, 7:43 AM EDT
Look, everyone. I understand that the World Cup is a really big deal. If your country made it to the finals, then of course you’re anxious for them to make as deep of a run as possible.
But, as patriotic as you might be, as devoted to soccer as you might be, there’s never an excuse for sending death threats.
Some Uruguay fans, however, seem to have lost their grip on morality and, well, sanity. After news broke yesterday that Luis Suárez might miss the World Cup after picking up a knee injury, fans of la celeste were rightly dismayed. But when it was revealed that the Liverpool forward picked up a knock in the final match against Newcastle, some lost their heads completely.
Suárez was playing in a match that very well could have decided the Premier League title, while also hoping to set a record for number of goals scored. So the anger couldn’t be directed toward Brendan Rodgers, for unnecessarily starting the star.
Instead Paul Dummett bore the brunt of their ire. The Newcastle defender, substituted on just five minutes before, committed a heavy challenge on Suárez. He received a straight red, later rescinded, but the real damage was thought to be to the Uruguayan – and his national side. Suárez underwent knee surgery, and it is still unknown what role he will play in the World Cup.
As a result, Dummett has received threats on his life, including this message: “Hi Paul Dummett. I hope some day you come here [Uruguay] to have a nice time with friends. We have things for you, like a bullet in the head.”
It would be easy to dismiss these threats as mere messages of anger, words that will never be followed up upon. Then you remember the death of Colombian Andrés Escobar, whom many believe was killed due to his own goal at the 1994 World Cup.
Sometimes we fans treat soccer as a matter of life or death. It’s best if we don’t behave in such a manner.
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