La Liga de­mands larger-than-life mas­cots

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer - Mary Han­ni­gan

You could only send your thoughts and prayers to clubs in Spain’s La Liga after news last week that they have to ad­here to close to 100 ‘Au­dio­vi­sual Reg­u­la­tions’ in the new sea­son, all de­signed to make watch­ing the league’s games on telly a comfy ex­pe­ri­ence.

So, fines will be handed out to clubs whose grass doesn’t mea­sure be­tween 20 and 30 mil­lime­tres, whose public ad­dress sys­tems cel­e­brate goals for longer than 15 sec­onds, who use their own font for play­ers’ names on shirts (ev­ery club now has to use the same font) and who ig­nore the re­quire­ment that “mas­cots should be sim­i­lar in size to a reg­u­lar hu­man,” as Marca re­ported it. With that mas­cot rule in mind, the tim­ing of a big an­nounce­ment from La Liga’s Le­ganes last week was a bit un­for­tu­nate. With no lit­tle fan­fare, they in­formed their fans that they were bring­ing back Su­per Pepino (left), a mas­cot they had stopped us­ing in re­cent sea­sons. Un­less Le­ganes get a spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion and are al­lowed have a mas­cot the size of your aver­age NBA player, there could be a prob­lem here – Su­per Pepino is a seven-foot tall cu­cum­ber.

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