England players no longer want to score blank goals – Liberation

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The footballers of the England team, whose official uniform is all white, are negotiating with their material supplier Nike to wear colored shorts, to remedy the risk of menstrual-related staining. A claim supported by other sportswomen.

And if the Lionesses dropped the white? Indeed, the English footballers (who reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 on Monday by beating the Norwegians 8-0) have informed their equipment supplier Nike that they want to change the color of the shorts of their official uniform. In question, the stress generated by an immaculate outfit during menstruation, the risk of leakage is never far away. “It’s great to have an all-white outfit, but it’s not necessarily appropriate when we’re on our period. We try to manage it as best we cantell the Telegram Beth Mead, author of the league’s first goal in the opening game against Austria (1-0).

The English Football Association (FA) immediately supported its players by recognizing “the importance of this question”“Any feedback from them will be considered for future designs.a spokesman for the FA said. We will continue to work closely with our partner Nike, following the advice of tournament organizers on color choices where possible.” Asked about the topic at a press conference on the eve of the start of the Blues against Italy, Wendie Renard, captain of the French team, headed towards the Lionesses. “It is indeed not easy to play with white shorts. We adapt, we are high level players and unfortunately we have that. It’s part of our life. I congratulate the English. If they can do the same for us, that would be cool.”launched them to Nike, which also outfits the Blues with white shorts.

“It’s time”

The subject of rules also came up during Wimbledon. Several tennis players, such as the gold medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio Monica Puigor even the British Heather Watson (ex-39th in the world) and Alicia Barnett (107th in the world) shared the “mental pressure” have to dress in white and “to pray not to have your period”during the Grand Slam in London, calling for a relaxation of a dress code considered archaic. After their testimonies, a handful of protesters in white skirts and red shorts gathered in front of the main entrance to Wimbledon on Saturday ahead of the singles final between Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Kazakhstan Elena Rybakina. The young women carried placards with the slogans “About bloody time”, “Address the dress code” and “You can do it Ian Hewitt” (“You can do it Ian Hewitt”, to the attention of the Wimbledon tournament chairman). .

Long taboo in the sports world, menstruation is being taken more and more seriously by sports organizations thanks to the increase in athletes speaking out, such as judoka Clarisse Agbegnenou, who spoke in 2020 in Release on the occasion of a collaboration with the French period panties brand Réjeanne. “We have blue and white kimonos, there is a real emphasis on the change of period protections, especially in competition. What do you do when you have a white kimono? launched the one who has since become a two-time Olympic champion in Tokyo in 2021. A fear she has experienced from an early age. “I asked my friends every five minutes if I had a spot. In the post I had to change after an hour and inform the coach. I also had severe pain in my breasts. Confiding in a man on this subject was complicated the first few times. Young girls are also much more likely than boys to quit competitive sports during adolescence, mainly because of their periods, according to a study published in March 2022 by the British association Women in Sports. According to the same survey, nearly eight in ten girls (78%) who said they were athletic admitted to avoiding exercise during their periods because of pain, fatigue and fear of leaking.

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