A football club has banned Fifa 14 on match days, citing “hours spent playing a video game” as bad preparation for a football match.
The game was released on September 27 in the UK, at which point League One side Leyton Orient had won eight successive games to put them top of the table.
They haven’t managed to win a game in League One since the game was released, but remain top of the table, one point ahead of second-place Peterborough.
“[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,” Leyton Orient communications manager Jonny Davies told the Independent.
“The staff were quick to implement a “no Fifa on a matchday” rule, however.
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade suspects several hours playing football on a video game is not conducive to a good performance in the real thing.”