In the UK Football is a religion. Guys will change their wedding date to attend matches, Husbands will miss their wife's labour for it, they'll neglect their children for it, they'll waste money on tickets even if the family are struggling. They'll sit and cry when their team loses a match, and take it out on those they love. They'll have arguments with the wife if she doesn't let him watch the footy channel. The sport itself isn't haram, but the fanaticism that goes with it can't be halal can it?