Eagle-eyed fans watched Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson with a tampon up his nose as he battled a nosebleed in his 100th appearance – as Croatia ended their World Cup hopes with a 4-1 victory
- Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson used a tampon to stop her nosebleed against Croatia
- The captain played part of the second half with a tampon stuck in his nose
- Fans took to social media to react to the Canadian’s unorthodox choice of treatment
- Croatia beat Canada 4-1 to top Group F
Atiba Hutchinson’s decision to wear a tampon up her nose during Canada’s World Cup match with Croatia on Sunday drew a lot of fun on social media.
After suffering a nosebleed midway through the second half, the Canadian captain was immediately attended to by his medical team and supplied with tampons to stop the bleeding.
On the night of Hutchinson’s 100th international cap for Canada, fans on social media were both delighted and shocked to see the midfielder walk back onto the pitch with a tampon in his right nostril.
Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson used a tampon to stop his nose bleeding during his 100th cap
Croatia beat Canada 4-1 to claim top spot in Group F over Morocco
One fan wrote in disbelief: ‘To those watching Croatia v Canada: did you also see a guy running around with a tampon in his nose or am I seeing things?’
Another puzzled supporter tweeted: ‘Pretty sure I just saw a player in Canada with a tampon up his nose?’
A third jokingly referred to Canada’s healthcare system, saying: ‘Although healthcare in Canada was great, why does a player on the international stage have tampons up his nose?’
Alphonse Davies scored Canada’s first World Cup goal inside two minutes against the Croats, who made a remarkable comeback thanks to goals from Andrej Kremarić, Marko Livaja and Lovro Major.
Supporters flooded social media to react to the midfielder’s unorthodox choice of treatment
Kramaric, who would have converted his brace into a hat-trick if it were not for an offside flag, helped Croatia climb to first place in Group F following Belgium’s 2-0 defeat by Morocco on Sunday afternoon.
Some fans amusingly suggested that the Canadian’s unorthodox method of stopping Hutchinson’s nosebleed had wider political and social intentions.
One social media user joked, “Canada is normalizing men using tampons.” Always at the forefront.
Another wrote: ‘The most convincing person at the World Cup to use a tampon to stop a nose bleed is the Canadian player. A hero.
A fan labeled Hutchinson a ‘hero’ as well as the ‘most trusted person’ at the World Cup