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Published 20/02/2014 | 02:30

Twitter abuse: Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire
Twitter abuse: Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

One of the accusations most frequently levelled at football fans is that they show a type of tribal loyalty that completely flies in the face of logic and common sense. But, as ever, football – or any sport – has a reason for that. And that reason is simple – it transcends the logical and laughs in the face of common sense.

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Otherwise, how else could you possibly explain normally stoic men weeping open tears because some millionaires are beaten by some other millionaires?

Blind, tribal loyalty to a football team is one thing. But blind, tribal loyalty to an idea is something that should terrify all of us. Because the one great gift we have in a democracy is the freedom to make up our mind on any given issue without having to worry about deviating from the approved party line.

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