Maybe it’s because I’m a soft Southerner, but I honestly can’t see what’s wrong with wearing a snood. When Samir Nasri & Co donned the tubular neck scarf for the first time, they can’t have imaged the reaction they’d provoke – partly because on the continent some footballers, like Gigi Buffon, have been wearing them for years.
Despite the insistence of certain managers, including Arsene Wenger, that the scarves actually provide a safeguard against injury, the old school of the British game have come out in force against them, with Alex Ferguson reportedly banning them from Old Trafford and claiming that “real men don’t wear snoods”.
That’s right, Fergie. Real men, like Wayne Rooney, elbow people in the neck when they’re not looking and then run away.
Notts County manager, Ferguson acolyte, and self-proclaimed ‘Guvnor’ Paul Ince is the latest to speak out about snood-gate:
“Back in my time, and I sound old now, it was black and white boots and that was it.
Now you’ve got snoods, people wearing headphones when they are doing interviews, which I find disrespectful, pink boots, green boots, you name it they’ve got it, tights – they’ll be wearing skirts next.”
Terrible, isn’t it. The youth of today and their superfluous fashion accessories.
What Ince doesn’t say is that in his day, he himself was guilty of carrying about a superfluous accessory that was otherwise thought to be a brand new addition to the footballer’s kitbag: the air rifle.
Perhaps Ashley Cole should consider offering his snoodlessness at defence. And hope against hope that Paul Ince is on the jury.