posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:17 PM
Here in the UK, we have one of the fiercest football ( soccer ) rivalries in the world, between the two major clubs in Glasgow:
Rangers, whose fanbase is largely Protestant, Unionist and tend to have Scottish/English ancestry.
Celtic, whose fanbase is largely Catholic, Republican and tend to have Irish ancestry.
It's far too simplistic to put this rivalry purely down to religion, but it is a strong factor in the hatred between the two clubs.
Celtic had a Polish goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, who is unsurprisingly - considering that he's a Pole - a Catholic.
He crosses himself before every game, but ended up getting a police caution for blessing himself in front of Rangers fans.
Footballer is cautioned for blessing himself
I think that the police viewed his gesture as tantamount to incitement, which just goes to show how intolerant some people are, that the police would
caution someone for making a harmless gesture, just because some people are apparently incapable of controlling themselves when they see this
edit on 4-12-2010 by Sherlock Holmes because: (no reason given)