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Leyton Orient players banned from playing FIFA 14 on matchdays

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Football clubs have long had rules against players having sex or drinking alcohol the night before a match — Paolo Di Canio even tried to ban everything from ice in Coke to singing in the showers on matchdays at Sunderland. But a video game ban might be a new one.

Leyton Orient are undefeated and top of the table in League One and they don't want FIFA 14 messing that up for them. Writing about the club's new bus for the Independent, Leyton Orient communications manager Jonny Davies said:

The coach boasts a fold-out massage table, a coffee machine and Sky TV, but the most exciting thing for the players was a PlayStation 3. For the majority of the trip the lads, led by Lloyd James, got stuck into the new Fifa 14 game and at times even played as themselves against Oldham in preparation for the match the following day. The staff were quick to implement a “no Fifa on a matchday” rule, however. The gaffer suspects several hours playing football on a video game is not conducive to a good performance in the real thing.

After winning their first eight matches of the season, Orient only managed 1-1 draws in their two matches since FIFA 14's release, including last week's match against Oldham. So maybe the game is doing more harm than good. Either that or they just need to play it more. Maybe as Barcelona or Bayern Munich instead of themselves.

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