FIFA 14 has been banned on matchdays by League One leaders Leyton Orient, who have decided that their players spending 'several hours' on their games consoles is affecting performance on the pitch.

Orient sit top of the table in England's third-tier - one point ahead of second-placed Peterborough - but have not posted a win in the league since FIFA 14 was released at the end of September.

Russell Slade's side had recorded eight consecutive victories prior to FIFA 14 becoming available to buy, but their last two league outings have ended in draws, allowing Posh to close the gap at the top of the table.

The Orient boss has now moved to prevent his players spending time on FIFA 14 on the day of a match, after worries emerged that members of the squad were spending too much time in the virtual world.

"For the majority of the trip [to play Oldham] 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."

Orient face MK Dons in their next league outing, and Slade will be hoping his new rule can enable his side to return to winning ways.

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