Viagra raising eyebrows at the FA

According to a report on Eurosport, a sports scientist has recommended giving the England team Viagra at next year’s World Cup in South Africa to help them cope with playing at altitude.

Doctor Richard Pullen, who is working with the FA, said the anti-impotence medication would boost the players’ lung capacity while they train and play in Rustenburg, nearly 5,000 feet above sea level.

He said: “I’ll point out to the England squad the potential benefits of using Viagra for games played at altitude.
“It’s scientifically proven that the process of how Viagra works in the body, by enlarging the blood vessels, can improve performance of some athletes.

“Also known as sildenafil, it’s been used by football teams in South America and some cyclists because it’s not a banned substance. “I’m sure several countries at the World Cup will consider using Viagra.”

Sadly, an FA spokesman said “The England medical staff are conducting detailed research with a variety of experts ahead of next year’s World Cup,” He went on “There has been no discussion with regard to Viagra and certainly no plans for the players to take it in South Africa at the tournament.”

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