Carlos Tevez wears one at Manchester City as does Samir Nasri at Arsenal and many other Premier League players. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not like them and Rio Ferdinand has said that you won’t catch anyone at United wearing one. Gloves are fine but snoods are certainly not. As a self confessed old fart who is nostalgic for the old days of football, I must nevertheless ask this simple question. What is so wrong with neck warmers?
There are so many more pressing problems in the modern game that a player wearing a scarf – which after all is what a snood really is, to keep their neck warm, seems such a minor problem. I remember the days when goalkeepers would not dream of wearing tracksuit pants let alone players wearing gloves, does anyone really object to any of that today?
Astronomical player wages resulting in high ticket prices – amongst many other serious problems which are destroying the future of the game are far more pressing issues, yet we are subjected to articles such as “To snood or not to snood? That’s the burning question if you’re a professional footballer” on websites such as manutd.com! Pardon my French but burning question my arse. Who really cares about what players feel comfortable with today? We’re not far off from the day when football shirts are designed with similar neck warmers built into them. So what?
There have been short and long sleeved shirts amongst many other innovations over the years, collars, V necks and round collars. You can rest assured that there will be regular snood shirts in the not too distant future. Does it really matter? The one constant amongst fans has been that they want to watch high quality, exciting, match winning football and that reality will never change – irrespective of what sort of shirts their favourite team wears.
Do you REALLY care about players wearing Snoods?