Leyton Orient ban FIFA 14 on team bus after slump in form 8 years ago

Leyton Orient ban FIFA 14 on team bus after slump in form

After winning their opening eight games of the season, Leyton Orient have hit a little slump. And the club are blaming it in part to the release of FIFA 14.

In fact so concerned are they over the players extensive use of the game that they have banned it from the team bus in order to arrest their slide, and Orient feel their change of fortunes has a lot to do with the popular game.


Pre-release they had won eight from eight, but since the squad got their hands on the game they have drawn their last two matches in League One. Hardly a crisis, but the club are concerned nonetheless.

“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,” Orient communications manager Jonny Davies told The Independent..

“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,” he added.

The club are still top, one point clear of Peterborough in second place so it isn’t the worst slump ever suffered by a team at the summit, but for now, cards and charades will have to do on the away trips.

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