La Liga demands larger-than-life mascots
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.