So there I was, sitting in the stands, minding my own business when the rain forced some of the fans sitting near the field to move up to the stands and share the bench with me. These guys sitting beside me turn out to be a little bit more passionate than most. By that I mean they took the liberty to blast my ear drums with screams every time a player from their favourite team so much as touched the ball. I would have found them amusing had I been sitting further away from them. However, sitting right beside mister-im-just-gonna-scream-till-my-lungs-burst-and-my-throat-explodes meant that I had to cover my ear with one hand throughout the rest of the game for fear of permanent hearing impairment.
Noise pollution aside, I noticed something as I observed the supporters and players of both teams. Ethnicity. Honduras is a country in Central America but I’m pretty confident that none of them were Honduranians. (No idea what the term is for people from Honduras but because hondurians has durians in it, that appeals to my extremely lame sense of humor so I shall use it) In fact, apart from the Japanese transfer student they kept calling samurai(racist much?), the rest of the team were Indians. Same goes for their supporters.
While Yin Yang had a Chinese and an Indian player, the rest of the team was Malay and it was pretty obvious that the bulk of the supporters were Malay too. Scary don’t you think? Imagine how quickly any drama on the pitch could escalate to a racial incident considering that the situation could be interpreted as Malay vs Indian due to the racial makeup of the 2 teams and their supporters. Of course some say it can’t be helped, it’s easier to hang out with your own kind who understand you. You make friends with those who you are more comfortable with and you become a team with those you know and trust. It is ideal that such friendships and teams cross racial barriers but if one were to take a look at the teams in MMU, they tend to be dominated by a single race be it Malay, Indian or Chinese. Sure most have at least one or two players who are not of the same race as the majority, but that’s not the point.
I think it really boils down to language, the medium of communication and mindset of a team. That however, is an article for a different day. A belated congratulations to champions Honduras and a good job to Yin Yang who put up a good fight. Let’s see what MMU football has in store for us next semester.