Sex therapist wife of Portugal keeper Rui Patricio has urged the national team coach to allow the players to masturbate during the World Cup.
She reckons the national team will have a better chance of success if coach Fernando Santos urges his players to masturbate.
Vera Ribeiro, a psychologist who specializes in sexual matters, has published a book titled ‘Manual of Seduction’ in which she examines the love lives of footballers.
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 argues that players will be able to cope with anxiety and stress much better during the tournament if they indulge themselves regularly.
Dr Ribeiro, appearing on a Portuguese TV programme to plug 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.”