Saturday, October 06, 2012
Are football players sacrificing safety by wearing soccer slippers?
Martin O'Neill (manager of Sunderland ) spoke recently about his dislike of modern soccer slippers and the potential dangers they may bring to professional players. O'Neill's comments are a direct result of the influx of colourful and lightweight football boots and his opinion is shared by Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United). The latter refuses to allow academy graduates to wear anything other than black boots with studs and no blades. Under new rules Manchester United's junior players have been banned from wearing anything other than old-school black while on club business. Once in the reserve or first-team squad there are no restrictions but the old heads do caution against wearing highly coloured boots for moderately talented players. The eyecatching hues may attract more skilful attention.