What do World Cup sex bans mean for your country’s team?

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Social media, smoking, drinking alcohol and sex - all are becoming huge areas of discussion as the World Cup in Brazil draws ever closer.

Some teams are set to live pure and angelic lives over the course of the World Cup; others will embrace a certain freedom.

Mexico, for instance, will have to deal with a strict sex ban. After two prostitution scandals in the last four years, resulting in a total of 10 suspensions and over a dozen fines, the ruling is perhaps understandable.

But other teams will have much more relaxed stances, enabling players to keep up the lifestyles they have grown accustomed to with their clubs.

We have collated the various positions of some of the nations involved, with some sure to entertain and amuse.


Mexico - Coach Miguel Herrera has banned his players from any form of sex throughout 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," he told newspaper Reforma.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Coach Safet Susic is after military discipline from his squad and has enforced an absolute sex ban in Brazil. "They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want," he perhaps helpfully explained in an answer that definitely falls into the 'too much information' bracket.

Brazil - Players of the host nation are permitted to have "normal sexual intercourses" but, intriguingly, "sexual acrobatics" are not allowed under any circumstances. D'oh!

Nigeria - Former coach and captain Christian Chukwu has recommended a sex ban to current coach Stephen Keshi. He said: "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." Well, what do you say to that, Stephen?

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England - Manager Roy Hodgson has history here, so to speak. At the 1994 World Cup in the USA as coach of Switzerland he initially banned sex, only to change his mind just before the tournament began, completely throwing his players. He has yet to make a definitive decision for England this time, but we are awaiting his last-minute verdict.

France - Coach Didier Deschamps summed up his position perfectly when he said, "it all depends on when, how and how much". What better way of putting it? When it was pointed out to him that there is a brothel just 500m from France's base in Brazil, he said something about keeping "files" on the media members who go there, just as he does with his players.

Every other team, we assume - Perhaps surprisingly, no other coaches have deemed it necessary to make their stances on sex either clear or public. Good on them.

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