Why some footballers wear masks at the World Cup

If you’re following the World Cup, you might be wondering why some high-profile players wore masks during games.

DOHA, Qatar – No, there are no costumed vigilantes walk around at the World Cupalthough some high profile players wore masks covering their faces during the competition.

South Korea’s captain Son Heung-Min wore a superhero-like mask throughout the tournament. But the mask isn’t part of an elaborate superhero outfit he’s donning to inspire fans. It’s actually a protective measure.

When not leading the South Korean national team, the 30-year-old is a forward for Tottenham Hotspurs – a British football team. During a game for the Hotspurs on November 2, he was hit in the face and suffered a stroke, fractured his eye socket.

Son’s injury prompted some analysts to question whether he would be fit for the start of the World Cup, but he did spring into action – sporting his new mask – in South Korea’s opening game against Uruguay.

Although the mask is not intended as a superhero’s trademark, many fans wear the Batman-esque masks in solidarity with Son.

And Son isn’t the only one wearing face gear. Face masks are a relatively common tool in high-end football. They protect the face, especially the eyes and nose, from flying kicks and other hazards on the pitch.

Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol has also worn one to protect his face after a headbutt caused nose and eye problems during a game for Germany. Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand also wore one to training after injuring his head in a game against England, although he did not wear his mask in any subsequent games.

According to the Guardian, The masks are made of polycarbonate plasticsand some are 3D printed to fit the exact contours of an athlete’s face.

“I’m just glad I can play with the mask,” Son told reporters. described according to comments from CNN.

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Laura Coffey

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