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Players in Guatemala are sharing photos of their bloody feet, to demand that the country’s football federation (Fedefut) adopts measures that will protect footballers from playing in extreme heat.

 

The Guatemalan players association AFG submitted an official request to Fedefut to adjust competition rules for the country’s top two leagues.

 

The players want to include in the regulations that official matches will not be played ... :

  • ... when the temperature exceeds 30° Celsius;
  • ... on artificial turf during the morning or middle of the day when temperatures peak.

The AFG made this plea after receiving complaints from numerous players who experienced problems while playing in extremely hot conditions on artificial pitches. Some of them suffered serious injuries such as blood blisters on their feet.

“Our recommendations are intended to protect the health of the professional footballers”, the AFG explained in its official statement.

The players union included a study conducted by FIFPro’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge. They also added photos of wounded feet of players from two top teams, Clausura champions Deportivo Suchitepéquez and runners-up Comunicaciones.

The AFG also demanded a medical report on this issue by Dr. Rafael Robles, the Medical Coordinator and a Board Member of the Guatemalan FA.

The new season (Apertura) will commence on July 16th.

Earlier this year, Colombian union Acolfutpro and its players organised a sit-down protest to successfully force their country’s football organisers to adjust the kick-off times.

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