World Cup 2018: Why millions of fans see the football like this
Sean Hargrave is a self-declared football obsessive, but when he sat down to watch the opening match of the 2018 World Cup he couldn’t tell one team from the other.
He wasn’t the only one struggling. Roars of frustration jumped from sitting rooms to social media as fans worldwide branded Russia v Saudi Arabia “a disgrace”.
The problem? Sean, like 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women, is colour-blind.
Specifically, he struggles to tell red and green apart – the most common form of the condition. So if one team plays in red kit (Russia) and one in green (Saudi), it’s game over. Or as he puts it, “it’s like Madonna coming out on stage and saying, ‘I’m singing the songs in Swahili tonight!'”