'Roy's Boys Can Do It Twice,' triumphed a headline in Blick, which had criticised the celibacy order. The original ban had produced such classics as 'No Sex Please, We're Swiss', and 'No Sex Please, The Manager's British'.
The debate over sex and sport is years old and will probably never be resolved. Some killjoy pundits insist that sex saps the energy and should be discouraged during important tournaments; others claim that satiated footballers play better.
Pele said recently that late nights and lack of sleep were to blame for poor performance rather than sex; George Best always claimed that pre-match indulgence was harmless. Italy's former head coach, Azeglio Vicini, tried to enforce abstinence on his players in 1990. Arrigo Sacchi, Vicini's successor, is looking to improve on their third-place finish: he is not considering a similar ban this year.Reuse content