Jerry Bengtson becomes ‘first footballer’ to wear face mask for an entire match

Honduran footballer Jerry Bengtson, who plays for the Paraguayan side as forward, Club Olimpia, is believed to be the first footballer to wear face mask in the COVID-19 pandemic
throughout and during match. 
As his side took on Montreal Impact in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday, Decembe15, the Honduras International, 33, took the face covering to shield himself and his teammates.
Olimpia actually fell to a 1-0 defeat to Thierry Henry’s team, who went through to the semi-final with a 2-2 win on aggregate.
Bengtson’s decision left spectators baffled, with many wondering how he was able to breathe correctly in the game before his substitution.
One said: “But in theory players on the pitch are all tested and negative so other than coming off the pitch you shouldn’t need to put a mask?”

Another added: “That’s not advisable at all, considering the amount of oxygen needed at such intense level of sporting activity.”

A third continued: ‘Good for him. A lot of misinformed and just plain wrong people in this comments section.

With a fourth joking: “Don’t worry guys, if all games played have the same level of pace as the one I watched yesterday, there’s no chance he gonna collapse.”

Bengston wore mask to prevent contracting the disease and protect his family, according to local sources, as quoted by SportBible.
“After the match, Olympia coach Pedro Troglio said of his captain: “It’s strange because he’s the only player who plays with mask in the squad and in the championship. 
“It doesn’t bother him and he’s also scoring goals.” 
The prolific Honduras striker has scored 47 goals in 82 outings for his current side since joining from Deportivo Saprissa,

 

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