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In France, the football league has decided to ban coaches from smoking during games.

Nervous coaches will now have to resort to chewing gum after the French Professional Football League (LFP) banned smoking on the bench in line with European Football Union (UEFA) regulations.

The ban takes effect for Friday’s opening matches of the French first division, the LFP announced Monday.

Perhaps the coaches can do something less offensive to French sensibilities – like spit snails.

A French seaweed collector retained one of the world’s lesser-known sporting titles at the weekend — that of champion snail spitter, propelling the tiny creature a total of 9.38 meters (31 feet).
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Competitors roll the live snail in their mouths to be sure it is propelled at precisely the correct angle, take a running start along a sandy 20-meter track and expectorate. A maximum of three attempts is allowed.

Jourden told AFP he had trained hard for a week before the competition, carrying out “several spits a day”.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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