Man-in-tights routine puts heat on Robben
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
AS Chelsea and Real Madrid will testify, Arjen Robben is a tad prone to injury. He's not known as the 'glass man' for nothing.
So, in a bid to protect his muscles from the German winter, the Bayern Munich man has been wearing longjohns... or thermal tights, to give them their proper name. However, Robben's grey-coloured underwear has not gone down too well with the fussy German football federation.
It seems that the player's choice of colour for his tights does not conform to Bundesliga regulations as it differs to Bayern's red strip. "The German federation want a single colour," said Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger. "We'll either have to dye them or he'll have to find another pair."
Whatever they decide to do, there's no doubt that the longjohns have been of benefit to Robben. As he himself says: "I'm an explosive player who must warm up well. The tights are not beautiful but they are functional."