Leyton Orient, the Sky Bet League One team, have banned their squad from playing FIFA 14 on match days.
The Metro reports that after winning eight successive league matches, soaring to the top of the table, Orient have failed to win a single game since FIFA 14’s release late last month. Ironically, Leyton Orient’s kit sponsor is in fact FIFA 14.
Spokesman Jonny Davies is quoted: “The [team] coach boasts a fold-out massage table, a coffee machine and Sky TV but the most exciting thing for the players was the PLayStation 3.
“[The players] 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 match-day’ rule, however.
“The gaffer [manager Russell Slade] suspects several hours playing football on a video game is not conducive to a good performance in the real thing.”
Time will tell whether the manager’s tactic pays off, but after the O’s win against Coventry in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy, it’s hard to argue with the tactician.