Weather and climate change is not to blame for a worldwide shortage of silk, according to a report from the Silk Producers Council.
Instead, footballers with wearing neck ties with fat knots are being blamed in a report from the Silk Producers Council.
"Our investigation indicates that the demand for silk from the English Premier League has increased beyond the capacity of our worms to produce enough to satisfy global requirements." Dr Raj Anand told reporters.
"Our farms are working overtime, but the worms are tired and their output has fallen with the extra calls on their product."
The SPC says the fashion for excessively large knots in the ties of footballers like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard is gobbling up the silk produced around the world.
"Because footballers and other professional sportsmen are essentially stupid, they think that the larger the knot, the better they look. However, what they fail to realise is that horrendous fashions have real world consequences. It's about time these multi-millionaire woke up to the harm they are causing."
A spokesman for the Professional Footballers Association said while can be legitimately blamed for many things, including unsportsman like conduct and alcohol-fuelled sexual assault, blaming them for a shortage of silk is a joke.
"Or at least it would be if our members could understand the concepts involved."