Southampton director Ralph Hasenhuttl has blocked the wi-fi at team hotels to prevent his group from playing with”addictive” video games.

Hasenhuttl, who confronted problems at former club RB Leipzig, compared it to alcohol and drug addiction.

“It’s something you become hooked on so we need to look after the players,” the 51-year-old said.

On Thursdayan anonymous English footballer admitted extended gambling sessions encouraged to ruin his career.

Sunlight shown that the anonymous EFL player would play video game Fortnite to get upto 13 hours per day.

“I made it happen in my final club. We had also problems with players – they were playing three o’clock in the morning before a game.

“You’ve got to help protect them because it isn’t a small problem. If you’re honest it’s just like alcoholism or getting hooked on medication.

“To protect them means enabling them never to pay so long . We block the wi-fi in the hotel, by way of instance, in the evening so they can’t play any more”

Austrian Hasenhuttl, who shot at Southampton in December, said among his players has serious problems with gambling but added:”You can make sure I’m consistently connected with all my own captain or with a few players to speak concerning them.

“As long as it isn’t officially for the government an disease, then we need to protect them in our manner.

“If it would be an ailment then it would be easy for the government to say the businesses have to give a cube after 3 weeks, by way of instance, they can’t play with this game more.

“I will be active always in this direction because I have to protect them. Additionally beyond the pitch – and that means for 24 hours I have to look at them”

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