As leagues across the globe tinker with the idea of resuming action after close to two months in lockdown, FIFA medical expert has said it should not be business as usual for players on the pitch.
An ugly and very unhygienic past time of some players, spitting, according to the expert will need to stop if the coronavirus pandemic is to be checked and if games are to resume in earnest.
Spitting according to Michel D’Hooghe is capable of equally spreading the virus aside from the usual sneezing and coughing droplets that appear to be known to all.
D’Hooghe did not only call for a stop to the act but also wants those caught in the act to be handed a yellow card.
“This is a common practice in football and it is not very hygienic,”
“So when we start football again I think we should have to avoid that at maximum. The question is whether that will be possible.
“Perhaps they can give a yellow card. It is unhygienic and a good way to spread the virus. This is one of the reasons why we have to be very careful before we start again. I am not pessimistic but I am rather skeptical at the moment.”D’Hooghe told The London Telegraph.
Should the idea which has also been supported by some other expects and fans be bought, it will also be extended to managers some of who have also been caught in the ugly act in the past.
A cross section of fans who were asked their opinion about it described it as disgusting and supported punitive measures to stop it.
“We love the game but we take a lot of rubbish from these players sometimes. You not at the stadium but probably watching a live match in your home and eating some meals and you see a player spitting on the pitch, it’s not good enough. It is not only irritating it could make one lose appetite” they said
A recent poll on some of the naughty things players do including hard tackle, head-butting and deliberate use of elbow to inflict injury indicate that the most hated is spitting.