Scarves as symbols of protest

Paul Breen discusses how scarves have been adopted as symbols of protest by football fans.   This was started with the green and gold protest at Manchester United.   It didn’t dislodge the Glazers, but it did give a boost to the supporters’ trust.    The tactic was also adopted by Arsenal fans over the issue of high ticket prices.

Paul Breen discusses how scarves have been adopted as symbols of protest by football fans.   This was started with the green and gold protest at Manchester United.   It didn’t dislodge the Glazers, but it did give a boost to the supporters’ trust.    The tactic was also adopted by Arsenal fans over the issue of high ticket prices.

The latest group of supporters to adopt the tactic are at Charlton Athletic where it is proposed to wear black and white scarves to express discontent with the policies of Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet.

At one time football fans declared their allegiance by wearing large rosettes in their team colours or they had rattles with the team colours on.   For special occasions like a cup final they might have cardboard top hats in the club’s colours.

I am not sure when scarves arrived, but they are a good earner for clubs.   The profit margin on them is considerable.

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