Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has banned his players from the persistent use of mobile phones during crucial times at work, meetings and training.
According to the Mail, Guardiola has banned phones from a number of working spaces at the City Football Academy in a bid to get the best out of his players as well as get them to concentrate on their duties.
While City players will still be allowed to use their mobiles in the dressing room, the gadget will not be allowed in analysis sessions, team meetings, the gym and training pitches.
Vincent Kompany now restricted to his mobile phone per the new Guardiola rule
Since arriving at the Etihad, Guardiola has come up with rules and regulations intended to get his players to a certain standard and expectation.
Restriction on social media
In 2017, the Spanish banned the use of wifi ban at Manchester City, but later relaxed the ban, replacing it with a list of social media rules his players must follow.
His decision to implement blackout zones at the club’s academy last season - including the physio and dressing rooms shocked the players. However, he softened that hard line approach, with even the Etihad’s new state of the art changing rooms - opened last month - wifi friendly.
“They can communicate, it’s part of their lives now,” said Guardiola when asked if a ban was still in place.
In a meeting with his players, he has made it clear they must show respect through their various social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
He said: “Today is a different world than what I lived in. Maybe in my period if we had Twitter I’d use Twitter.
“I just want respect for the other ones. I don’t want to see disrespect for team-mates, the opposition, the club, for the fans, for the issues happening in the world.
“That I don’t want to see from my players, and we spoke about that.”
Payment of fines
Also keen to set high standards in the team, Guardiola has made a key change to the way City players are now fined by the club.
The Sun has also reported that, instead of a set amount attached to a certain breach of the rule, the player will now be fined a percentage of their salaries - meaning the high earners could be paying more.
The fines at football clubs range from lateness to being on your phone too much during lunch.
Benjamin Mendy has already lost part of his salary as fine for being late to training
Leroy Sane has been punished for breaching the rule and has thus been left out of the City squad so far, a sharp reminder to the squad of the standards Guardiola has set and expected to be obeyed to the letter.
The Mail also reports that Benjamin Mendy has already been fined for turning up late to a training session.