Friday, August 8, 2014

Top footballers banned from skiing

Top class footballers are banned from other sports where they could get injured reports PlanetSki. At Barcelona the players have been told they cannot ride motorbikes either or pursue other risky pastimes.

Footballers are expensive commodities so any injury in another sport needs to be eliminated.
This week the Spanish newspaper, Sport, has revealed that the new boss at Barcelona is introducing a strict new disciplinary regime.
Luis Enrique has specifically banned skiing and snowboarding. The resorts of the Spanish Pyrenees are just a 2-hour drive away from the city.
Players will be fined up to €6,000 if they take to the slopes.
It is the same in England for Premiership players who are unable to ski and risk injury.

PlanetSKI we interviewed the former French player, David Ginola, and he admitted that he broke the rules while at Tottenham and Newcastle and did take to the slopes; see here for that story.  He is a passionate skier and considered a career as a racer before chosing football.
However many football clubs go to ski resorts to train in the summer months.
The Austrian resort of Seefeld has specialist facilities that have been used by Manchester City and many national teams as we have reported here.
However ski resorts remain out of bounds in the winter months.
In his playing days David Beckham went to Courchevel with his wife Victoria but apparently did not ski. He has also been to The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead to watch his children ski.
The Match of The Day presenter and former England striker, Gary Linekar, is a keen skier and is a Verbier regular.
As are others; Les Ferdinand skis in the Swiss resort and the wife of the Chelsea captain John Terry, Toni Terry, was in Verbier last New Year.

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