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Swiss League approves drinks breaks in heat wave

July 26, 2013

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Expecting a heat wave this weekend, the Swiss Football League says matches can be stopped twice in each half for drink breaks to protect players’ health.

The league says it agreed with referees that play can be “briefly interrupted” around the 15th and 30th minutes of each half as players should be able to “hydrate themselves correctly.”

Temperatures of at least 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) are forecast on Sunday when Sion plays St. Gallen and Lucerne meets Zurich from 1.45 p.m. local time.

Hotter conditions are expected inside stadiums because of warming winds from nearby mountains.

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