Some of the teams participating in the World Cup have banned their players from having sex during the competition.
World Cup kicks off in just two days and everyone is already excited. While fans prepare to watch the games either live in Brazil or in front of their TVs, punters are getting ready to wager on the matches under British gambling laws.
Leaving the preparations and betting odds aside for a moment, let’s take a peek into what happens behind the scenes. Some of the teams allow their players to see their families during the World Cup, while others take a rather strict approach of banning physical contact. And while footballers are completely banned from betting at online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom, some of them are also banned from having sex during World Cup.
Naturally, abstinence is not really uncommon when it comes to professional athletes competing in premier sporting events. The long-fought battle over whether sex can compromise performance or not is still waging. Opponents of lovemaking during big events date back to the ancient Greeks, while proponents have such figures as Pele among them, saying satisfied athletes can perform better. Let’s find out which teams prevent their players from having a little fun on the side.
Are footballers allowed to have sex during the World Cup?
• Some teams put a total ban on sex, while others allow it
• A number of squads doesn’t have a clear policy on the issue
• However, betting on the games is totally banned under British gambling laws
As you might have expected, the French players are allows to have sex during the tournament. Their coach, Didier Deschamps, revealed that sex is perfectly ok during World Cup, however, “it all depends on where, how and how much. I don’t want them to be cut off from the outside world.” Well, the media already found out that there’s a brothel 500 meters from the team’s hotel in Ribeirao Prato.
Jurgen Klinsmann allows his men to invite families to Brazil and have sex if they want to. He says: “I think we are very casual in the way we approach things. Every team and every country handles that differently, based on their culture. So I respect the Mexican approach because it’s more their culture at that moment.” Klinsmann added: “I think we have a group of guys together and an environment together that is very open, very casual. But once we go on the field for training and also for the games, we are very serious and down to business.”
May be allowed
The case is not so clear for English players. While families and life-partners are allowed to come to Brazil, personal visits are only permitted according to the Three Lions training and match program. Roy Hodgson didn’t ban sex this time around as he did for Switzerland, when he coached them in 1994. England’s previous manager, Fabio Capello, didn’t allow lovemaking for his men, and even went as far as to promise monitoring players through their TV sets in 2010. There’s no information on whether that actually happened.
It’s not really clear if the Super Eagles are allowed to have sex during World Cup. However, rumor has it that former captain and now manager Christian Chukwu talked to coach Stephen Keshi, and advised him to prevent players from being tempted.
British gambling news quote Keshi saying: “The World Cup is not for rookies or disco dancers, it is for senior boys that are ready to stake their careers for the passion and love they have for the round leather game. In my days as a player, even as a coach, I made it a point of duty to stay away from women, because sex has a lot of spiritual things attached to it.”
As for the hosts Brazil, it’s all relative. Back in 2002, Luiz Felipe Scolari did put a ban on sex for his players, and it les to the Selecao winning the World Cup in Korea/Japan. This time around, however, the coach put a funny spin of the things: players are allowed to have sex if it’s “normal intercourse”. “Acrobatic sex”, which can lead to injuries is banned. Whether Big Phil specified what constitutes normal and acrobatic sex for his players, remains unknown.
And then there are some less lucky players who received a clear-cut ban on sex during the World Cup. Chile is one of those squads: Jorge Sampaoli not only forbade his men to have intercourse, but also banned soft drinks for them. Expect unsatisfied and thirsty Chilean players on the field.
Mexican coach, Miguel Herrera, had the following to share with the media regarding sex during the tournament: “If a player can’t go one month or 20 days without having sexual relations, then they are not prepared to be a professional player.” While this is a totally acceptable point of view, it doesn’t really go hand-in-hand with the team struck by two prostitution scandals in the last four years.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
World Cup debutants, Bosnia & Herzegovina, are also banned to have intercourse in Brazil. Here’s what their manager, Safet Susic, had to say on the subject: “They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want. I am not interested what the other coaches do. This is not a holiday trip: We are there to play football at the World Cup.”