PLAY­ERS TOLD: NO GOLF, NO DRINK, NO MO­BILES!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THE code of con­duct which Queens Park Rangers play­ers are forced to ad­here to has been laid bare for the first time as life as a pro­fes­sional foot­baller is played out in hand­book form for all to see.

It cov­ers such things as when they are per­mit­ted to lis­ten to mu­sic, when they can and can­not wear base­ball caps, and the ins and outs of any al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

There are key points such as time-keep­ing, press and so­cial me­dia du­ties, gen­eral con­duct and the play­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure their visa is in or­der.

The Lon­don Evening

Stan­dard were given ac­cess and in­ter­est­ing an­swers with a 27-page doc­u­ment and it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight, with for­eign sign­ings told in no un­cer­tain terms that “play­ers from non-English speak­ing coun­tries are re­quired to learn English”.

Les Fer­di­nand, QPR's di­rec­tor of foot­ball, said: “Foot­ball clubs are con­stantly un­der scru­tiny and it is im­por­tant to have codes of con­duct in place to en­sure play­ers are aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the clubs and their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The squad are un­der in­struc­tion to, un­der no cir­cum­stances, play golf within two days of a match and they must be at the club’s Har­ling­ton train­ing base an hour be­fore they are due to start the day.

In­ter­est­ingly, should a player dive and be cau­tioned for sim­u­la­tion, a fine of up to 15 per cent of the player’s wages could be im­posed. They could be hit with a ten per cent cut for dis­sent.

Any player out for a time with in­jury could be tempted to take it easy, but hav­ing a drink is strictly pro­hib­ited. They say al­co­hol has an ad­verse ef­fect on re­cov­ery and it’s a big no-no.

For those at full fit­ness, even a big win on a Satur­day can’t be prop­erly toasted. Booze is “prefer­ably avoided en­tirely” – so west Lon­don hotspots may be lack­ing in the in­come of a foot­ball play­ers’ pound.

Mo­bile phones are al­ways a bug­bear of man­agers and coaches, and phones and any other elec­tronic de­vice, like iPods, are not al­lowed in the dress­ing room on match days. At the train­ing ground, how­ever, you are al­lowed to use them be­fore you prac­tice and in the car park – but keep them out of sight in the can­teen and dur­ing team meet­ings.

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