Manchester United Players Are Banned From Playing Pokemon Go Before Matches

Manchester United Players Are Banned From Playing Pokemon Go Before Matches

Excuse me while I talk from my high horse, but I pretty much judge anyone that’s publicly playing a game on their cell phone. I don’t have any games on my iPhone because I’d rather spend my time endlessly scrolling Instagram and refreshing my notifications, so there’s truly a zero percent chance I’ll ever download Pokemon Go. But with millions of downloads and people losing their minds over this stupid game, things have finally gone too far.

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s newly appointed boss, has officially had to ban his players from playing Pokemon Go 48 hours ahead of matches so they can focus on tactics instead of Wartortles.

Per The Daily Star:

Jose, 53, spoke to every one of the first team squad to insist that he wants his team to be focused solely on tactics in the 48-hour build-up to a game.

A club source said: “Jose loves having a great relationship with his players and staff, and thinks it’s great for them to chill and relax away from training and games.

“He’s still finding his way around Old Trafford and treading carefully.

“The only thing he has picked up on which he’s told the lads of is his concern about Pokémon.

For a results-driven manager like Mourinho, I’m sincerely amazed he’s okay with these guys playing the game in the first place. After all, there’s already been numerous car accidents (and even a death) that directly resulted from people burying their head into their phone in an attempt to catch them all.

Let’s just hope this dies down before college football season rolls around and coaches start using it as a recruitment tool.

[via The Daily Star]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Editor at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram).

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