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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 18/06/2014

How to deal with non-fans of football

In these times of all-pervading football fever fans must also try to make the lives of non-football fans a little easier, author Kathrin Passig and photographer Ira Strübel write in the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung and offer some tips on how: "A first step in the right direction is to stop assuming that everyone is interested in the World Cup. King Football may rule the world, but it's still more polite to ask people whether they're at all interested in this undisputed fact. If the answer is no, then snarky comments ('You just have to be different, don't you?', 'You probably don't have a TV either') should be avoided. Take note of your talking partner's answer and respect their lack of interest by hereafter refraining from asking whether they watched yesterday's game, are going to watch today's game, etc. After all, before the World Cup you were able to behave like a civilised human being and talk about other things, weren't you? ... However if the non-fan is somehow persuaded to go with you and watch a match on a big screen with lots of other fans, you don't have to pretend to be sympathetic when it gets too much for them. After all, they scored an own goal by agreeing to go along."

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