Vera Ribeiro, the sex therapist wife of Portugal goalkeeper, Rui Patricio, has urged the national team coach to allow the players to masturbate during the World Cup.
According to her, the national team will have a better chance of success if coach Fernando Santos urges his players to masturbate.
Ribeiro, a psychologist who specializes in sexual matters, has published a book in which she examines the love lives of footballers.
In the book titled “Manual of Seduction”, Dr Ribeiro argues that players will be able to cope with anxiety and stress much better during the tournament if they indulge themselves regularly. She insists that “nothing positive comes from sexual abstinence” and that forbidding players to make love before games also has a negative impact.
Dr Ribeiro, appearing on a Portuguese TV programme to promote her book, added: “The football player should not abstain from having sex before games, but we also know that in terms of routine they are not in contact with families either. We can not associate sports performance with the occurrence of sex.”