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Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama claims players would be far more relaxed at major tournaments if coaches took a softer stance towards the issue

Players would be far better off if they were allowed to have sex during the World Cup, according to former Colombia international Carlos Valderrama.

Mexico boss Miguel Herrera has banned his squad from having sex during the tournament in Brazil, insisting the players "are not going to a party" and must devote their full focus to matters on the pitch.

Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has also urged his players to avoid anything "acrobatic" in the bedroom during the finals, which begin next month, and while Valderrama agrees that players should avoid any physical risks, he insists they would benefit from the added "relaxation".

"If we'd had sex during the World Cup, it would've been better. We would have relaxed after games - especially after defeats. It's total relaxation," he told Ole.

"It's not an impediment. It should be quiet, cool, without inventing crazy poses."

Valderrama earned 111 senior caps for Colombia and featured in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup finals.