Which is the most aggressive team sport

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Homosexual football professionals are a great topic, especially because you can't talk about them in public. “An outing would be my death”, was the headline of a soccer magazine recently and presented the gay ball artist as the last taboo figure in our society. While a commitment to same-sex sex hardly attracts attention in art and politics, top players and coaches are still forced into torturous double lives: Quod licet Wowi non licet Jogi (second name purely because of the rhyme!).

The ostracism exists both within the team and on the part of the fans and is reaffirmed every game day with countless gay and pig variations.

Of course, this is denounced, and of course it is assumed that the aggressive homophobia of the football scene can be fought with similar means as racism and stadium violence, i.e. through educational social work, dismantling of prejudices and targeted fan projects. In other words, it is assumed that the root of gay malnutrition - which characterizes not only football, but actually all team ball sports - lies in cultural descriptive patterns and thus processes that are accessible to conscious control.

If you follow the Bielefeld great thinker Niklas Luhmann, homophobia in team sport is not a question of good (or bad) social will, on the contrary, it is based on a phenomenon that is completely beyond voluntary control, namely the robust obstinacy of the male sexual organ.

According to Luhmann, a gay professional worries his teammates mainly because they fear that their own (allegedly pure) heterosexual body "will react as an independent observer under the communal shower and others could see it". Translated for non-Luhmannians: The professional fears that he might miss someone in the shower due to the presence of a known gay teammate - with which precisely the instrument that serves as a guarantee of his heterosexuality would have exposed him as a man-loving against his own will.

Admittedly, as Luhmann admits, “the prospect of this actually occurring may be extremely slim. But the uncertainty has a reinforcing effect ”. The sociologist also sees his thesis confirmed by the fact, which is well established in team sport, that women “are much less worried about possible lesbian comrades because their body reactions are less specific and easier to hide”. No penis, no tolerance problem.

Of course, a heterosexual professional (as far as he wants to know) cannot speak publicly about this primal fear of unwanted erections any more than his gay colleague can speak about his own disposition. Both taboos condition and block one another. If Luhmann is right, practically everything that is currently being voiced in the media and accordingly noble about homophobia in football misses the core of the ostracism.

Of course, Luhmann's explanation only seems to apply within the team - the fan doesn't shower with his idols - and it also leaves open what would actually be so bad about being convicted of homosexuality by one's own body. But for the fans, the displacement case is clear anyway. When 70,000 mostly male beings gather every Saturday to watch young, plump boys playing sweaty games, there is a suspicion in the room, so overwhelming and present to everyone that it can only be suppressed with the most aggressive rhetorical means.

Which knowledgeable fan, who is honest in himself, will be able to deny that it is precisely the greatest experts and stars of the game - Pelé, Beckenbauer, Platini, Litmanen, Figo, Beckham and Ronaldinho - that make you think of their androgynous bodies and their dancing Forcing homoerotic fantasies on style? And who can be surprised that precisely where tails and asses are closest to each other, in the fan curve, contempt for gays is evoked the loudest?

Oh, you dear poor pigs, let's just openly admit what each of us has long admitted in our hearts: Those who love football also love the bodies of those who celebrate it. Then, you will see, that is no longer a problem with an erection either.

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