Okay for Dutch goalkeepers to wear helmets

19th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Goalkeepers are free to protect themselves by wearing a helmet, if they wish. The Dutch football association KNVB says there is nothing in the rules which forbids this.

A KNVB spokesperson commented: “It’s up to the referee to decide whether this constitutes any danger to other players.” Goalies Przemyslaw Tyton of PSV Eindhoven and Maarten Stekelenberg of AS Roma both sustained head injuries at the weekend. 

Petr Cech in photo, goalkeeper for English club Chelsea, has worn a helmet since 2007 when he suffered a fracture of the base of the skull.

See also: http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/psv-goalie-concussed-premier-league-duel

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