The Religious Significance of Violence in Football

Rina Arya

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The above emotive response was recalled by the late music disc jockey John Peel with reference to the match between Liverpool and AS Roma in the 1984 European Champions Cup Final in Paris. The goal scored by Allen Kennedy was the pivotal moment in the match and secured the win for Liverpool. The hyperbolic language that Peel used to express his state of elation is by no means unusual and is comparable with the sentiments expressed by so many football fans, who directly (as in the example above) or indirectly discuss the transformative effects that the game has on their lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHoly Terror
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture
EditorsEric S. Christianson, Christopher Partridge
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315539584
ISBN (Print)9781845533595, 9781845533601
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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