Soccer players are so funny! Like Guadalajara defender Hector Reynoso who thought it would be funny to cough and sneeze and claim he had Swine flu, THEN spit on a opposing player. Hilarious! Unfortunately, league officials didn’t think so and suspended him from all matches in the all important Libertadores Cup.
A Mexican footballer has been banned for spitting at an opponent then telling him he had swine flu. Guadalajara defender Hector Reynoso has provisionally been suspended from all matches in the Libertadores Cup after last week’s game at Everton of Chile in South America’s top club competition. The South American Football Confederation (CSF) said the length of the ban would be determined in the next 72 hours.
“Reynoso, following an incident in the game, reacted by spitting at Everton player Sebastian Penco and then releasing nasal secretions at the face of the player,” said the CSF in a statement. “This situation, lamentable in its own right, was aggravated by the risk of a possible infection of the disease AH1N1 [swine flu].”
Reynoso was widely quoted as saying in the media that he had told Penco he had the disease. He later apologised for the incident, which was reported to have been accepted by Penco. Guadalajara players complained that their opponents taunted them with remarks about swine flu during the game, which ended 1-1. They also said that when the team went to a shopping centre in Vina del Mar, people covered their mouths, ran away, laughed or made remarks about being contaminated.
Mexican footballer banned for spitting and claiming he had swine flu [Guardian]