As a first generation born American whose parents hail from Austria and Italy respectively, I grew up a huge soccer fan.
It was more than a love of the game, it was like the game was a part of who I was.
We went to professional games, we all played in the alley during summer nights. I even was the only girl in a soccer league (before they had girl teams).
I loved soccer.
I still do.
I still feel passionate about the game, but not so much like before.
Before, this story here wouldn’t be so shocking to me. In a way, it’s not so shocking because I know–I really know–how passionate people can get about this game. But the absolute horror that occurred? That’s pretty fucking barbaric and unacceptable. And a disgrace to soccer fans around the world.