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Ketchup off menu for Sunderland

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has revealed some of the strict rules he has introduced at the club, including the banning of mobile phones and tomato ketchup.

Di Canio succeeded Martin O’Neill in March and has vowed to get tough with his players, who began their Premier League campaign on Saturday.

“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?”

The Italian is also determined to exert greater control over the squad’s diet, as he seeks to improve on a 2012-13 campaign in which Sunderland escaped relegation by just three points. — AFP

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