FIFA takes agenda by scruff of the snood
There will be a lot of fashion-conscious footballers holding their breath for item “V.1.b” at the International Football Association Board’s annual meeting next month.
Forget goal-line technology and positioning of goal posts and the other very sensible items on the agenda, the one sure to get a few people rather hot under the collar is the “wearing of snoods” – those snugly neck warmers much loved by the likes of Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri.
Soccer’s rule makers will determine whether the fluffy accessories are a safety hazard in the “Any Other Business” section submitted by FIFA.
“There may be a safety issue – if for example a player was running though on goal and an opponent grabbed his snood, that could pose a potential danger to his neck,” a FIFA spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Based on that, shouldn’t Andy Carroll’s long ponytail be quickly added to the agenda? One tug on that would also pose “a potential danger to his neck”.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already said he thinks snoods actually protect against injury.
Players already grab each other by the shirts and shorts – the latter which could have pretty painful results too – so surely nipping at a snood is nothing that really needs discussing.
What would be a far more useful debate is why have players even need to be warming their necks? Run faster to keep warm, I say.
Further evidence of this – dare I say it in the light of the recent sexism row – woman-like approach to what footballers are wearing is that at this same meeting one of the other items up for discussion is tights.
Yes, it is time to eradicate the major fashion faux pas that is Wearing Tights That Clash With Your Outfit.
Or in the words of the agenda: “The current Law permits tights to be worn that are not of the same basic colour as the shorts, which could possibly result in confusion for opponents and match officials.”
What with all these fashion crimes to police, it is a wonder that they have time for the serious business on the agenda, which includes….what to do when a stray dog enters the field.
PHOTO: Arsenal’s Samir Nasri (R) challenges Fulham’s Mathew Briggs during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates stadium in London December 4, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez