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Here's a list of things that Paolo Di Canio has banned at Sunderland

The Italian coach has forbidden players from singing in the shower, claiming it “disrupts concentration”.

Di Canio has long been regarded as an eccentric character.
Di Canio has long been regarded as an eccentric character.

PAOLO DI CANIO has long been regarded as one of the most eccentric characters in football, and his recent behaviour has done little to dispel that notion.

He has quickly gained a reputation as an ultra-disciplinarian at Sunderland, with the manager banning players from indulging in a number of luxuries, including the following:

  • Mobile phones
  • Coffee
  • Ketchup
  • Singing in the shower
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ice

He recently explained the logic behind his strict regime to reporters, saying: “We’ve focused on changing the whole dressing-room environment. Imagine if for years your habit is to use the phone when you’re having a massage on the bed, even one minute before going out to train? For 25 days I accepted this, because my first priority was to work on the field.

“However, I’ve said that from now if someone comes inside with a mobile phone, even in their bag, I’ll throw it in the North Sea. They’re banned.

“We need to have lectures about why we can’t have every day things like mayonnaise, ketchup and coke. They can cause chemical problems to the liver, to the stomach.”

The Italian coach has also banned singing in the shower on the basis that it “disrupts concentration”.

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