And if you are part of the world's governing soccer body, corrupt and wonderful, you are interested in spending your time banning them rather than rooting out the corruption and ethical mess that has led to such controversies as this.
So what is a snood? According to wikipedia, it is "...historically a type of European female headgear, or in modern times a tubular neck scarf. In the most common form the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head." That doesn't quite describe what you see Tevez wearing in the photo above, but I think it is pretty darn close. A quick image search for snoods backs up the cross between women and footballers and brings a third use to light:
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Our canine and Argentinian friends might want to unite, as FIFA is now considering banning snoods from football. The manager of Manchester United (Sir Alex) has already done so for his team, stating "real men don’t wear things like that." FIFA, usually not style conscious unless referring to the public's interest in women playing soccer, is apparently more interested in player safety. They are supposedly considering the ban because they are concerned that someone may tug on your snood so to speak, and cause risk to players.
One cannot help but wonder if Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, is somewhat motivated by a similar sentiment to Sir Alex. After all, he has weighed in on fashion in football in the past. For example, here he is pontificating on how to make woman's soccer more popular:
They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?Tighter shorts on women, ok; warm weather gear, not ok. Gotta love it.
I've started searching to see if I can get one of these with an EPL crest online, but so far to no avail. However, I did find this simple black one on SportsDirect.com, made by a company called Golddigga. I think I'll keep looking. Save the Snood!