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French team to be spared World Cup sex ban

Ancient Greeks may have thought sex was detrimental to sporting performance but French football coach Didier Deschamps is obviously not a believer as he said this week he would not be imposing a ban on sex during the tournament, as long as things didn't get out of hand.

French team to be spared World Cup sex ban
French football players will not be subject to a sex ban during the World Cup this year. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

Didier Deschamps is known for enforcing strict discipline on his teams, so his players may have feared the worst when the coach was asked at a press conference this week, whether he would ban them from having sex during the World Cup in Brazil.

Thankfully for them, Deschamps showed he has a heart and said he wouldn’t prohibit lovemaking during the month-long tournament, although he would consider imposing some restrictions it seems.

“It all depends on when, how and how much,” said Deschamps, who named his squad for the World Cup on Tuesday.

 “I don’t want them to be cut off from the outside world,” Deschamps said.

The French squad included three players, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribéry and most recently Olivier Giroud, who have all been the subject of scandals surrounding their bedroom antics, so Deschamps may have his hands full trying to manage the “when, how and how much”.

Deschamps admits he has no idea whether or not lovemaking is a hindrance to performance or not.

“I’m not a doctor. I don’t know if it is good or not,” said Deschamps. “The wives of the French players will certainly come to Brazil. If they have children they have the right to see their father,” he added.

Deschamps’ decision may have been influenced by his team’s doctor Jean-Pierre Paclet, who is in favour of players having sex telling website 20 Minutes in April that having sex “is relaxing” for the players “as long as it was not all night”.

Deschamps is not the only World Cup manager to be grilled about the bedroom rules he will impose on his team. Brazil coach Luiz Felippe Scolari has admitted he will not allow his players to perform “acrobatic sex” during the tournament.

“We will put limits and survey the players,” Scolari said.

The question of whether players should abstain from sex during the tournament arises every time a World Cup comes around and it seems that the Ancient Greeks are to blame for the theory that lovemaking can somehow damage sporting performance.

“There is a historic element that has become a kind of mythology in sport,” Greg Whyte, a professor in sports science at Liverpool John Moores University told The Guardian. “The Ancient Greeks believed it was detrimental in the build-up to the Olympics, that it sapped energy, lowered testosterone and reduced aggression.”

Whyte said all the research runs counter to that theory. He says the only thing that matters is getting enough sleep.

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif fĂ©ministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.

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