Unity would be a better word. What do they fear more than a united group of people. Yeah there is a point of bread and circuses, but still if nationalist feelings are ignited like that I doubt whether they like that. In fact, imagine that whole cohesive group united and going after you for they know the truth.....Harmony of the same goal?
Excuse me but being fanatical about football can hardly qualify for a threat to the elite. Right on the contrary, it's "bread an circuses" for them.
Mass sporting events will still be allowed for the time being until they can implement augmented reality fully. We're not there yet and for the majority of people in the world it's not even on the horizon.