I have been a part of the soccer/football culture for the better part of a decade and a half. Not only have football players and coaches been caught with the bodies of their teammates in their shorts, there have been instances where a player has been found naked in the stands. So I am not unaware of that. I just don’t feel like it is a normal part of the sport, and certainly not something that happens every week.
Some people in the soccer football culture feel that there is a cultural norm that requires players and coaches to be in uniform. Personally, I don’t think it is a cultural norm. I think these incidents may have been more a result of a player or coach being drunk on the field than the players themselves. And I also think that it is important to take the time to see the game, to know your opponents and to have a good sense of what you will and will not get from a game.
As it turns out, there is still a lot of confusion about this “norm” and I get asked a lot about this by the media. For example, here is the ESPN story about the “fan” who was “accidentally” naked while watching the first quarter of the Seattle Sounders vs.
The same team (and I’m sure there are many others) who had the player who got caught in the shower getting his genitals removed. The player had been caught in the act, so he was suspended but the league wanted to make the punishment more severe. I don’t know much about the case but it sounds like the player was suspended for a whole season and a year-long ban.
An accidental nudity episode is a great way to get into the story and give us some insight into what fans like about the game. Here is one episode where the player had a pretty good time in the team’s clubhouse and the fan was apparently naked. In the end it was the same fan who would eventually be suspended. I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do or if it is the wrong thing to do.
In any case, if you want to help keep the game interesting, you should look at the most recent episode of the fan’s suspension to see what fans actually like about the game. And this is a pretty good way to get into that story.
I’ll admit I was super annoyed by the fact that the players and fans were naked in the clubhouse as well. But when you see the game now in full-screen mode, it evens out. And the fan evens out after the player’s team wins. But in the meantime, people are getting naked all over the place.
Again, the game is still new, so there’s a lot of work ahead. But maybe this is a start. Some of the players’ fans even have their own sets of clothing. And even more naked fans are in the stands to cheer their team on. It’s so bizarre.
The problem with sports is that the players get to do everything naked. This causes the fans to get all up in the players’ faces. But in the end, the fans get to see the players with their clothes on, though it is a different kind of nakedness and not quite as naked as that of the fans.
I’m glad I live in a country where sports and nudity are legal. I love my team every time they get a touchdown and I don’t want to see them get a flagrante delicto. But this looks like a step towards creating a more open and honest sport.