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Popular events like the World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Over recent years, it has become more and more common for people to watch worldwide sport events. There is an opinion that such sort of performances encourages people to release their emotions in a safe way. This essay will put forward the notion that there are good arguments both for and against the aforementioned idea. To a certain extent I agree with this opinion, but I have reservations.

I agree that rooting for a team or athlete during a sports event can help unite a nation. It can be easily proved by the fact that, for example, after a successful boxing or football match people are filled with positive emotions and usually attend bars or diverse pubs to celebrate. All the negative feelings are completely gone. In addition, it should be pointed out that such kind of events bring together governments and people from different countries in order to organize the performance.

On the other hand, it is no doubt true that frustrated fans of losing teams often provoke a fight. This is definitely a release of emotions as well, however, it should be mentioned that it is destructive, and sometimes even life-threatening. Another point that could be highlighted is that countries competing for the right to host the event may use illegal means to secure their bid.

In conclusion, to my thinking, there are strong grounds for believing that sporting occasions have somewhat positive psychological effects. However, after analysing the subject, I would probably recommend that governments and police should pay more attention to safety measures of sports events. Consequently, this would result in a truly safe expression of patriotic feelings.

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