Football Faux Pas

Football Faux Pas: How not to dress on matchday

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New kit or retro shirt? Lucky underwear, or colour-coordinated boots? Footballers and fans all have their matchday looks. Some attire is acceptable in the stands and on the pitch, but other trends are a total own goal

There’s nothing quite like the fanaticism created by football. Supporters display their devotion in all manner of ways such as replica shirts, face paint, or choreographed displays. But sometimes what they wear goes too far. And the players don’t help.

These are the looks to avoid if you don’t want to stand out from the crowd on matchday:

  • Half-and-half scarves
  • Full kit
  • The terrible tattoo
  • The bare belly
  • David Beckham’s sarong
  • Liverpool’s white suits

Half-and-half scarves

Manchester United on Twitter

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These fan accessories divide opinion like the split down the middle of the material. They’re generally accepted for friendlies or for travelling supporters at international games. But when two fierce rivals are clashing in the white-hot heat of a derby, no self-respecting fan would sport the colours of their opponent even if it’s on a scarf. The followers of these teams tend not to like each other, but the one thing that might unite the two factions is their contempt for you if you show up sporting one of these. Even worse, half and half shirts.

Full kit

Bleacher Report UK on Twitter

Full-kit, full-bald, full-gloves: This #FRA fan is really going full Barthez. #Euro2016

Wear the top, or wear the shorts but never the two together. And definitely don’t include the team socks pulled up to your knees. You’re not playing, and the people are not there to watch you. And almost as bad is the full team tracksuit. We get it, you could have made it as a professional except you got a bad knee injury. Let it go. It’s not a good look.

The terrible tattoo

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The list of awful inks on football fans is endless. Sometimes they are the result of bets like the Manchester City fan who tattooed ‘Champions League winners 2011’ ahead of that season only to see his side crash out of the Europa League. Others have got the name of a new signing who ended up never arriving while more have been the victims of atrocious spelling. Then there are those who simply chose ridiculous pictures. Good thing they’re not permanent right? Oh, wait.

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The bare belly

John Paul White on Twitter

Now that's a fan. RT @si_vault A Newcastle supporter unveils his belly tattoo. Enjoy your lunch everyone!

If your six-pack is more off-licence takeout and less Cristiano Ronaldo, put it away. No one needs to see that. And if it’s the depths of winter when snow is piled along the side of the pitch, and the half-time cuppa is the only thing to keep fans warm, keep those layers on.

And it’s not just the supporters who’ve made fashion blunders. Plenty of their heroes on the field are guilty of missing the target when it comes to looking the part.

David Beckham’s sarong

Karen on Twitter

David Beckham wears sarong #ExplainThe90sIn4Words #football #DavidBeckham #1998

The former world football star is now a global fashion icon but back in his playing days he didn’t always manage to hit the heights in the sartorial stakes. The ex-England captain often inspired fans to copy his style whether it was his haircut or clothes but not when he stepped out in a sarong in 1998. Getting sent off in that year’s World Cup saw his popularity drop to an all-time low. 

Liverpool’s white suits

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Perhaps the most infamous football fashion disaster was Liverpool’s team attire for the 1996 FA Cup final. The ‘Spice Boys’ of Merseyside really needed to back up this pre-match outfit with a performance on the pitch. It didn’t happen as they slumped to defeat against Manchester United but not before inducting themselves into the football hall of shame.

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