"It had been foolish of me to blame football for the dangerous passions it can unleash. Turning against football on these grounds would be like hating democracy because people voted for Thatcher."
In Episode Ten of the Blizzard Podcast we bring you 'The Lager of Life' by Tim Vickery from Issue Nine. It is a game haunted by violence, but can it be blamed for it? Are big derby matches just a 90-minute version of Orwell's Three-Minute Hate?
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Tim Vickery writes and broadcasts on South American football for the BBC, World Soccer, ESPN, SBS and TalkSport. Twitter @Tim_Vickery.
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