First the ball, then the baby: Kat Kerkhofs does not mention “football …

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If Kat Kerkhofs has to give birth to husband Dries Mertens just before a match, the trainer can forbid the latter from going to the hospital. Kat Kerkhofs said this in our newspaper on Saturday, and the sports union also confirms that it is “in principle” possible. Are there any players who have been forced to do that? And if that idea is already alive, is it completely out of the question to take parental leave as a football player? “Only one Belgian player who did that in recent decades.”

Frank Poosen


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