FOOTBALL is a painful sport – this controversial move into the European League of Football is just the latest example.
In the ELF, a particularly violent tackle stood out during a semi-final game between the Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire.
In the third quarter, Frankfurt linebacker Wael Nasri cracked grabbed his opponent by the hair and pulled him to the ground.
The tackle sparked subsequent chaos, with several players from each team firing at each other.
Officials had to intervene to separate the arguing players.
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One posted: “This happened at an eighth grade game I filmed a few weeks ago.”
A second said: “Illegal. Illegal. Illegal.”
Another wrote: “This is just dirty.”
With a fourth addition: “Legal. Pin your hair up if you don’t want it to be pulled.”
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The piece is actually legal.
In the NFL and football, hair is considered a part of the body, which is why it is legal to attack a player by their hair.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry also had his dreadlocks ripped off in a game.
In football and the NFL, having long hair is high risk and low reward.
Most players with extended hair try their best to keep it safe and secure in their helmets.
In the NFL, the rule is called the Ricky Rule, after former tailback Ricky Williams.
Williams was knocked down by his dreads twice in one game, leading to the necessary rule.