Club Olimpia star Jerry Bengtson has become the first footballer to wear mask for entire duration of a match no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The choice to stay gummed to the mask according to him is to protect his family.
Jerry Bengtson helped Club Olimpia to CONCACAF Champions League progression on away goals against Montreal Impact on Tuesday.
The prolific Honduras international striker has scored 47 goals in 82 outings for his current side since joining from Deportivo Saprissa, and his choice of attire doesn’t bother his manager.
Regular viewers have noted that the 33-year-old has worn a mask in each of their matches since the pandemic hit, and it didn’t stop his side from securing CONCACAF Champions League progression.
Olimpia managed to see off the threat of Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact and secure a semi-final spot against either New York City FC or Tigres UANL.
Olimpia coach Pedro Troglio said of his forward after the match: ”It’s weird because he’s the only player on the squad and in the championship who plays with a mask.
“It doesn’t bother him and he’s also scoring goals.”
Spectators were left baffled by Bengtson’s decision despite his intention to stay safe, with many questioning how he was able to breath properly for his time on the pitch before his substitution.
One said: “But in theory players on the pitch are all tested and negative so other than coming off the pitch you shouldn’t need to put a mask?”
Another added: “That’s not advisable at all, considering the amount of oxygen needed at such intense level of sporting activity.”
Another added jokingly: “Don’t worry guys, if all games played have the same level of pace as the one I watched yesterday, there’s no chance he gonna collapse.”