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Werder Bremen players banned from getting tattoos

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bundesliga club Werder Bremen have banned their players from getting tattoos because of the inherent risk of infection.

Marko Arnautović has a tattoo on his right arm as a dedication to his late grandfather
Marko Arnautović has a tattoo on his right arm as a dedication to his late grandfather

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Last season, Hamburg player Eljero Elia was sidelined after one of his tattoos went septic.

The Dutchman contracted a painful infection as a result of tattoo work and allegedly had difficulty putting on his uniform because of it.

"I do not want to dramatize the danger, but we have pointed out that we ban tattoos that are made during the season," Bremen manager Klaus Allofs told Bild.

"That is a risk that we simply have to exclude."

But the ban may prove hard to enforce, given tattooing has become popular in recent years, not just among Bundesliga players but among top athletes around the world – including among Bremen players.

Goalkeeper Tim Wiese has tattoos now cover both of his arms, and striker Marko Arnautović's right calf has an intricate pattern on it.

And, of course, British superstar David Beckham is well-known for the tats covering his body.

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