The International Football Association Board's outrageous decision to ban the fashionable snood comes as a surprise to many.
What's more ludicrous about the whole development is Sepp Blatter's statement that snoods are "dangerous" and it could "hang somebody."
I'm not quite sure how something as simple as a neck warmer could pose such a safety risk when FIFA perpetuates life-threatening, barbaric tackles in football.
A number of top players in the English Premiership have often been spotted with a snood that boosted their fashion sense more than any physical comfort. Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Pepe Reina, Marouane Chamakh et al have made snood a part of their uniform and will be feeling the chill following IFAB's ban.
It might be coincidental that all the aforementioned players have had a splendid season thus far with the snoods on.
It shouldn't surprise anyone if a Arsenal fan insists that snood is the secret behind Nasri's glittering form. It remains to be seen how Nasri performs without his magical neck-wear.
Even the Premiership newcomers like Silva, Balotelli and Chamakh surprisingly took to the fast-paced, uncompromising league like ducks to water—which prompts questions about the role of snood in their adaptation.
Amid so many high-profile admirers for snoods, one man who stood out was Sir Alex Ferguson who has already prohibited his players from wearing the snoods with a catchy remark that, "Real men don't wear snoods." Don't be bemused when Ferguson bans his players from wearing vest and brief in the future.
The ban on snood hardly makes sense as it should be up to the player to wear it or not, just like the handwear. Snoods aren't that dangerous and can't really "hang" anybody. They pose little to nil security concerns.
FIFA should lend their ears to more serious issues and shouldn't promulgate such baffling bans on silly attires when the matters seeking priority—like goal-line technology—are still unresolved.
As for Blatter, he is a hilarious "gentleman" who once genuinely suggested that women's football needed a boost and felt shorts were way too long to attract spectators. He has a good sense of humour and does bring it to the forefront every now and then with such farcical bans and proposals. Expect a few more in the future until he steps down.