In case you’ve been buried under a rock for the past few weeks, this whole swine flu thing is becoming a pretty big deal. After all, when four or five states shut down high school athletics altogether, you know they’re worried about transmitting it from player-to-player and fan-to-fan. That’s what makes this story all the more disturbing, since Hector Reynoso, a defender from Chivas Guadalajara, spent the latter portion of his team’s Copa Libertadores match against CD Everton (Chile) coughing, spitting and shooting mucous on the face of Everton’s Sebastian Penco.
That’s right, a soccer player from an area near the heart of the swine flu outbreak spent a good little portion of his team’s tie with a foreign opponent (from a country where the swine flu outbreak has been significantly more limited) trying to pass along his germs, just in case he does have swine flu. And he was committed to spreading them, as you can see from the video after the break.
To call that dirty defense is a drastic understatement. While we can assume that Reynoso probably doesn’t have the swine flu strain — after all, if he had it he’d have a pretty hard time running through 90 minutes of a Copa Libertadores match — his attempts to spread along any Mexican germs he can is, well, classless and punishable, to say the least.
There’s been no word of potential punishment from CONCACAF or any other governing bodies, but Reynoso didn’t seem to help his case with the quote he proffered up after the game, as translated by INSIDEWORLDSOCCER.
“a spit in a game is nothing unusual at this stage, but it is the spit, nasal mucus and the breath of a Mexican soccer player, which comes from the same source where swine fever was detected.”