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Why is ketchup banned by Premier League football teams as Steven Gerrard reveals Antonio Conte is not alone in food rule

STEVEN Gerrard announced this week that Aston Villa have compleley banned ketchup in a bid to improve player health and fitness. This comes after the news that new Tottenham boss Antonio Conte had banned all condiments and fizzy drinks. Some players won’t be happy with the decision, and may well be left asking… Why is […] ...

STEVEN Gerrard announced this week that Aston Villa have compleley banned ketchup in a bid to improve player health and fitness.

This comes after the news that new Tottenham boss Antonio Conte had banned all condiments and fizzy drinks.

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Conte has enforced some strict dietary rules since joining Tottenham[/caption]

Some players won’t be happy with the decision, and may well be left asking…

Why is ketchup banned in Premier League teams?

A number of coaches have argued that ketchup contributes to poor fitness levels.

Fabio Capello and Paolo Di Canio have also banned it in the past.

Despite this extreme approach, Rick Miller, a London-based clinical sports dietitian, has actually argued that it is not a big issue.

He said:“Frankly, it’s one of the least problematic issues in a professional footballers’ diet.

“Allowing high-quality condiments can enhance the taste of blander foods and encourage healthier eating habits.”

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood slammed Conte for the ban.

He said: “Well, don’t underestimate banning ketchup and mayo because they will all of a sudden start passing the ball to each other and scoring loads of goals.

“It’s normally the secret. No, what a load of nonsense.”

No matter how extreme the Italian’s methods appear to be, there is no denying that they have been successful in the past.

He has won six major trophies throughout his managerial career, including titles at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter.

Perhaps his dietary demands are the sauce of his success…

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