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Why do Jude Bellingham and Kyle Walker cut holes in their socks when playing?

Some of the game's biggest stars have made this kit change

FOOTBALLERS often alter their kit to gain an advantage during a match and to protect themselves from injury.

One trend fans have noticed in recent years is their favourite stars with multiple holes in their socks - but what is the reason behind this?

Kyle Walker is believed to have started the trend in 2018
Kyle Walker is believed to have started the trend in 2018
Jude Bellingham has been seen with holes cut in his socks during Euro 2024
Jude Bellingham has been seen with holes cut in his socks during Euro 2024

Why do footballers cut holes in their socks?

Eagle-eyed fans have noticed many footballers in the top leagues and international tournaments have holes in their socks - and it's not a fashion statement.

The real reason behind the kit alteration is for players to avoid calf injuries during a match.

The holes allow the tension in their legs to be released, which helps to prevent them from picking up muscle problems or cramps.

Footballers always wear brand new socks, which can prove to be restrictive, causing difficulties with effective blood flow and circulation.

England full-back Kyle Walker was the first star spotted with holes in his socks during Manchester City's 2018 Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

Since then, many other global football stars, such as Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, have jumped on the trend.

Did Jude Bellingham break La Liga rules by cutting holes in his socks?

The England superstar has made an incredible start to life at the Bernabeu.

For a number of years, Bellingham has followed the trend of many other footballing talents by cutting holes in the back of his socks.

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He cuts the gap at the back of his thigh, similar to how five-time Champions League winner Bale did while at Madrid.

But now Spanish publication AS states that is actually not technically allowed in LaLiga.  

Players are not supposed to play with ripped socks, shorts or shirts.

However, chiefs “turn a blind eye” as they are “aware of the medical chaos” implementing the rule and forcing players to wear a full sock.

What did Kyle Walker say about cutting holes in his socks?

Speaking in 2021, the England full-back said: "The socks were actually too tight so it was causing pressure on my calves. [It was] just to release my calves - or release the tension.

"I just cut holes in them and all of a sudden I had a few alright games, and I was like, 'Ok, I'm keeping this now!'"

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal cuts many holes in his socks
West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal cuts many holes in his socks

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