Football Stars Banned From Getting Tattoos German side Werder Bremen have banned their players from getting tattoos. But the club are not trying to stem the tide of Bundesliga body art: they're merely worried that the discomfort that follows having ink injected beneath your skin with a needle could harm their players' on-pitch performance. The current trend among the Bundesliga's top stars is for more elaborate tattoos than ever before, prompting Bremen to make the decision on health and safety grounds - insisting that players do not get tattooed during the season. Ironically, the ban was sparked by the misfortune of a player for Bremen's hated local rivals, Hamburg, whose 24-year-old striker Eljero Elia (pictured, left) was sidelined last season after a tattoo went septic. The Dutch player's discomfort was so bad that he was unable to train, or even wear a shirt, for a spell last season. And while such an extreme reaction is relatively rare - and probably not helped by Elia's full-chest display - players' tattoos often cause irritation and discomfort while fresh. The rule is bad news for Werder Bremen's goalkeeper Tim Wiese (below) whose tattoos now cover both of his arms, and midfielder Marko Arnautovic whose right calf has an intricate pattern on it, and defender Naldo whose back is covered with a picture of the crucifixion of Christ. But their former team-mate Torsten Frings, another heavily tattooed star, will be safe: he left Bremen just two weeks ago to join Toronto FC and will be free to continue indulging his passion for body art in the company of fellow MLS star David Beckham.