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I blame the late, great Keith Weller of Leicester City.
He started the trend for “cold-weather clothing” when he pulled on a pair of white tights one winter’s day in the 1970s.
He did not know it at the time, but that began the wimpish drift towards gloves, hats and now the ridiculous snoods, or neck warmers, being worn by the likes of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, and most fetchingly, Marouane Chamakh of Arsenal in the last few weeks.
At this rate, with winter now drawing in, they will be turning up and playing in overcoats by Christmas.
Things have deteriorated a long way since Weller’s heyday.
Players have been wearing gloves for years — some, bizarrely with short-sleeved shirts.