Have you observed that covering one's mouth when speaking has become a typical occurrence in football matches, or among football players and coaches? Have you observed that this is now happening in every match that is being played?
I didn't observe this kind of reaction when I was a kid watching the World Cups in the 1990s. However, it has recently become a global pandemic in football matches. Everyone is covering their mouths as they talk to one another. What are they talking about? What's the deal with the coaches and players covering their mouths?
One solid reason for mouth covering with a hand is to keep the other team, cameras, and spying managers from hearing what they're saying. Especially when it comes to handing out strategies, whether from the coaches or through a player. Football has progressed and gotten more technical. Tactics improve with each passing day, and the better the tactics, the better the results. To catch up, rival teams frequently lower their ears or even spy on the other teams. As a result, players and coaches must exercise discretion when passing out tactical information.
Another reason for mouth covering is to avoid the camera reading one's lips. To avoid the aforementioned, players cover their mouths. This means that they are covering their mouths so that their words cannot be deduced from the footage's lip reading.
No football player wants the press following him or her around because of something said on the field, especially after a poor performance. Some players have also been known to cover their mouths as a signal to teammates about what they are about to do.
When communicating with officials or walking off the field, players even cover their mouths. Speaking to a referee this way is an easy way for football players to get a listening ear from the referee while also keeping their perspective on the action hidden.
In many circumstances, football players cover their mouths to prevent unwanted media attention and to avoid exposing team tactics given by the coaches.
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