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Another Premier League Footballer with Grass Allergy

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
St james park 3g football pitch

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In 2011, news broke that Manchester City Striker Mario Balotelli was allergic to grass.  During their match with Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League, he had to be subbed early in the second half after suffering an extreme reaction.  Apparently his face was swollen and sore to the touch; he was seen furiously scratching before Carlos Tevez took his place.  Even the anti-histamines he was given at half time did nothing to lessen the reaction.

The unfortunate ailment has become breaking news again this week.  Yoan Gouffran of Girondins, Boudreaux is expected to sign for Newcastle United today.  Gouffran has a grass allergy too for which he has sought specialist treatment.  Hopefully, the synthetic football pitch at St James Park will lessen his symptoms.

It is estimate that there are 9 million people with pollen allergies in the UK.  Grass pollen is the most common allergen, effecting sufferers between May-August, when pollen is released.  So, this is not rare or unusual, just awkward when you happen to be a professional footballer.

Artificial grass is ideal for the garden if you share Gouffran’s allergy.  You won’t need to mow it, or tend to it so there’s less chance of any nasty reactions.  Mowing sends grass pollens into the air which causes hay fever like symptoms so it’s recommended you keep your windows firmly shut from Spring to Summer.

Direct skin contact can cause violent symptoms, like the severe itching and swelling experienced by Balotelli.  A football match is a nightmare as there’s lots of skin/grass contact.  If you have an artificial lawn, you can enjoy your grass again without worry.

As allergy sufferers grow in numbers every year, it’s yet another reason for sports facilities, schools and grass roots clubs to consider artificial  pitches.  If you’re interested, read our previous post on 3G football pitches.

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