Honduran soccer player wears mask DURING match

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Honduran soccer player Jerry Bengtson wears mask DURING match

Club Olimpia forward Jerry Bengtson has created some buzz on the Internet after he was spotted wearing a face mask during an actual football match amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old sported a face mask for the duration of the game in his side's CONCACAF Champions League clash against Montreal Impact on Tuesday.

Olimpia actually fell to a 1-0 defeat to Thierry Henry’s team but went through to the semi-final with a 2-2 win on aggregate.

Yet the Honduran side made more headlines for Bengtson's decision to wear a mask for the entirety of his 76 minutes on the pitch.

It is believed that the Honduras international has played with a face covering in each of Olimpia's matches since the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to local reports, Bengtson primarily wears the mask as a way of protecting his family from COVID-19.

It's suggested that wearing a face mask can impair breathing in high-performance athletes, but Olimpia coach Pedro Troglio does not see a problem with Bengtson and his mask.

It's weird because he's the only player on the squad and in the championship who plays with a mask.

It doesn't bother him and he's also scoring goals.

Bengtson has scored 47 goals in 82 outings for his current side since joining from Deportivo Saprissa in 2018.

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