It’s fulltime, the players are sweaty and the beautiful game is over – but the fans are still about as hygienic as Ronaldinho’s socks after a World Cup qualifier.
At least that’s the situation at Celtic Football Club – the club’s liaison officer has sent out a letter admonishing a certain section of their fans for failing to maintain effective levels of hygiene.
The letter, written by Celtic’s John Paul Taylor, claims that the poor levels of hygiene at Celtic Park are “impacting on the experience” of watching a game.
Although it might sound like a hoax devised by a rival team, Taylor confirmed via Twitter that the letter was real (the tweet was later removed).
Taylor tweeted, “I can exclusively reveal its [sic] genuine, dispatched at the request of incumbents within the locale.”
Fans with dirty hands
It’s a sorry state of affairs when hygiene impacts a viewing experience – but it’s not an experience restricted to the beautiful game.
Just think of the smelly people you encounter every day in restaurants, on busses and on the street.
They need a wash – and their poor hygiene could do more than bother your nasal passages.
With poor hygiene comes a proliferation of bad bacteria, which could make healthy people suddenly very ill.
Beyond the terraces, those unwashed fans could be touching door handles after failing to wash their hands, infecting anyone else who touches them afterwards.
So while you’re chanting on the stands, beware of your surroundings – while most fans give germs the red card, plenty are a hygiene nightmare.