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What's so bad about mushrooms?
September 11th, 2008 7AM

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[OFF THE POST] When Italian Fabio Capello took over at England, he banned junk food from the players' diet. No burgers, potato chips or pastry. Fellow Italian Giovanni Trapattoni was less strict when he became Ireland's coach - "I gave them carte blanche when it came to their diets" - but then he witnessed an eating habit that got his goat. "However, I saw the players eating mushrooms before a friendly, and I was stunned into silence for several seconds," he said. "I then told them that mushrooms are banned on matchdays - both for breakfast and for dinner."

Ireland tied Montenegro 0-0 on Wednesday after opening its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over Georgia.



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