Pools fans’ spokeswoman speaks out on fancy dress furore

TRADITION: Pools fans dressed up as Smurfs for the last away game of the season in 2012.
TRADITION: Pools fans dressed up as Smurfs for the last away game of the season in 2012.
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THE secretary of a football supporters’ group says the Bob Marley fancy dress saga is just “a fun day that’s been blown out of all proportion”.

Pauline McSweeney, secretary of the Hartlepool United Supporter’s Association spoke about the annual tradition to dress up on Pool’s last away game of the season, this year as the legendary reggae singer.

It’s just gone crazy, it’s ridiculous really. It’s just a group of people going to enjoy themselves.

Pauline McSweeney, Hartlepool United Supporter’s Association

Suggestions that some fans may ’black up’ saw five complaints lodged with the anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

The organisation requested that any supporter who did would be refused entry to the Carlisle ground on Saturday.

The decision saw the issue go viral, with famous footballer Stan Collymore even commenting saying that he would not be offended.

Today Pauline said: “It’s just gone crazy, it’s ridiculous really. It’s just a group of people going to enjoy themselves.

“It’s a fun day that’s been blown out of all proportion.”

She added: “It’s up to each individual fan what they want to wear.”

Personally Pauline says she will be wearing an old yellow Pools shirt with a green trim, along with a red scarf, a Rastafarian hat and dreadlocks.

She said: “It’ll be hard not wearing the team’s usual colours because I always do!”