Football’s most rogue bans as Nigel Clough bars players from celebrating goals

Former England international Nigel Clough has run the rule over his Mansfield Town players with a bizarre ban. Clough has made his feelings known over goal celebrations, telling his players to be ‘more reserved’ until matches have concluded.

Clough is the latest football manager to impose a bizarre ban on his players and Express Sport looks at some of the others:

Guardiola switches off training Wi-Fi

Despite leading Manchester City to five Premier League titles Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Etihad got off to a problematic start. City were trophyless during his first season in charge and in a bid to take command he cut-off the training ground Wi-Fi, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Implementing strict rules for his players Guardiola reportedly banned certain food and sugary drinks before having the Wi-Fi switched off after catching a player on his phone during a massage.

Ireland boss banned pre-match mushrooms

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni tore the pre-match menu apart for his players after fearing for their health. The Italian boss banned his players eating mushrooms, yoghurt and orange juice before international matches, the Daily Mail reported.

He said: “The player eats the mushrooms and maybe tomorrow he has a bad stomach.”

Moyes banned chips as United players were ‘overweight’

David Moyes felt the wrath of Manchester United players when he pulled chips off the canteen menu during his 10-month spell in charge. Rio Ferdinand revealed in his book #2Sides that Moyes banned the low-fat chips after his first week in charge.

Speaking to Four Four Two the Scottish boss admitted to the ban stating that ‘a couple of players were overweight’.

Arsene Wenger banned shirt choice

During his long reign as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger kept a tight rein on his players and would blast those who stepped out of line. One tradition which he enforced was the club captain chose whether his side wore full of short sleeve tops.

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Mathieu Flamini took exception to the rule and cut the sleeves off his matchday top. “I do not like that, and he will not do that again,” Wenger fumed

Sir Alex bans coloured boots

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson was another old school manager who wasn’t scared to make his feelings known. The 13-time Premier League winning boss introduced a new club rule that their junior players must wear black boots.

While first team players were allowed their choice of boots, if they didn’t provide a good performance while wearing bright boots they were reportedly likely to be ‘singled out’.

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