Recently, we told you of the young Derby County fan kettled without explanation at an away fixture. Here FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at the trend of fans being policed on their clothing rather than their behaviour...
“This pleasure seeking individual always looks his best... they seek him here they seek him there, he’s a dedicated follower of fashion," so sang The Kinks back in 1966. I imagine the lyricist extraordinaire and great Ray Davies would be surprised to find me paraphrasing his lyrics nearly 50 years later in an article about the policing of football fans but I do so for a good reason.
For many supporters football and the fashion of the day go hand in hand, with yesterday’s jacket, tie and flat cap morphing into the latest styles often boasting an obvious or discreet designer label, but this is nothing new. Many chroniclers of football yore recount how the terraces doubled up as a catwalk, an opportunity for the cut of the latest jib to be showed off, admired and coveted.
- See more at: http://www.fsf.org.uk/blog/view/young-fans-fashion-police#sthash.35fmfPjb.dpuf
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