London-based Leyton Orient may be sitting top of League One, but that’s no thanks to EA’s FIFA 14 according to the club’s owners.
Metro reports that Orient had won eight successive games at the beginning of the season right up until the release of FIFA 14, since which they have failed to win a single league match.
As a result players have been banned from playing the game on matchdays – a fact made all the more delicious when you realise that FIFA 14 is the club’s away shirt sponsor.[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 club’s communications manager Jonny Davies stated.
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.”