Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson is spotted with a TAMPON up his nose

Eagle-eyed fans spot Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson with a TAMPON up his nose as he battled a nosebleed on his 100th appearance – as Croatia end their World Cup hopes with 4-1 victory

  • Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson used a tampon to stop his nosebleed against Croatia
  • The captain played some of the second-half with a tampon wedged up his nose
  • Fans took to social media to react to Canada’s unorthodox choice of treatment
  • Croatia came from behind to beat Canada 4-1 and take top position in Group F 

Atiba Hutchinson’s decision to wear a tampon up his nose during Canada’s World Cup clash with Croatia on Sunday sparked plenty of amusement on social media.

Upon suffering from a nosebleed midway through the second-half, the Canadian captain was quickly attended to by his medical team and supplied with a tampon to stop the bleeding. 

On the night of Hutchinson’s 100th international cap for Canada, fans on social media were both amused and shocked to see the midfielder run back on to the pitch with a tampon wedged up his right nostril.

Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson used a tampon to stop his nosebleed during his 100th cap

Croatia came from behind to beat Canada 4-1 and claim top spot in Group F above Morocco

One fan wrote in disbelief: ‘For those who are watching Croatia vs Canada: did you also see a man running with a tampon in his nose or am I seeing things?’

Another bemused supporter tweeted: ‘Pretty sure I just saw a player on Canada with a tampon up his nose?!’

A third jokingly referred to Canada’s healthcare system and said: ‘I though Canada had great healthcare, why does a player have a tampon in his nose on the international stage?’

Alphonse Davies netted Canada’s first ever World Cup goal inside two minutes against the Croats, who mounted a scintillating comeback thanks to goals from Andrej Kramaric, Marko Livaja and Lovro Majer. 

Supporters poured to social media to react to the midfielder’s unorthodox choice of treatment

Kramaric, who would have turned his brace into a hat-trick were it not for the offside flag, helped Croatia climb to first in Group F following Belgium’s 2-0 defeat by Morocco on Sunday afternoon.

Some fans amusingly suggested that Canada’s unorthodox method of stopping Hutchinson’s nosebleed had wider political and social intentions.

One social media user joked: ‘Canada normalising men using tampons. Always at the forefront.’

Another wrote: ‘The most relatable person in the World Cup is the Canada player using a tampon for his nosebleed. A hero.’

One fan labelled Hutchinson as a ‘hero’ as well as the ‘most relatable person’ at the World Cup




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