This article may rile some folks.
Football (aka Soccer) is a game that is accorded a near-cult status these days – with the players almost being worshipped like gods.
But strangely, to me it is nearly impossible to understand what is so exciting about 22 specimens of living Fauna chasing after 1 spherical piece of dead Fauna (footballs used to be made of leather), on a flat patch of Flora (the field).
My psychologist told me that perhaps it has to do with my childhood encounter with the game. My skin was (still is) allergic to grass – once the bola* has touched grass and hit my legs, an unstoppable itch developed. Haiz, this particular Fauna indeed has an aversion to some Flora.
So since that first day of Standard One in school, I had to avoid contacting grass, even in PE lessons.
*bola = Malay word for ball