Barcelonas new three strict rules include social media ban and risk of fines

It's been all change at Barcelona this summer, and that's bled into the new season as now new rules have been implemented with heavy fines at stake.

10 rules were brought in by Xavi last season, and now three more have been added this term, and they're strict to say the least. The new rules were brought in last season to try and turn around their poor form as the Catalan side sat as low as 12th in La Liga.

It worked as they finished second at the end of the season, and they've made a bright start to this campaign too. But Xavi wants to bring back their old mentality, and has brought in new rules to make sure they don't revert back to their old ways.

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Firstly, players have been banned from using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media platform while taking part in team activities. And in addition to that, they are to refrain from posting any images or opinions that might portray Barcelona in a bad light.

The final rule brought in is a financial sickener, as all squad members will be fined 10 percent of their weekly wages if they do not participate in club-related advertisements or promotions. But these are just the newest additions to the list, that was put into place last season.

Last year, Xavi made it clear that players must arrive 90 minutes before training starts, and all staff must arrive two hours before sessions begin. It was made mandatory that all players must also eat at the club's training ground.

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Xavi brought fines back to the club, and they were to be doubled for repeat offenders. Curfews were also brought in, as players were told they must be home before midnight two days before a game.

This one shouldn't need to be a rule, but Xavi made it clear that players must give their all in training, and their activity is now also monitored. Players must also represent a good image, and anything deemed to be a 'risky' activity is not allowed.

Barcelona are currently second in La Liga, and have made an unbeaten start to the season. They also thrashed Plzen 5-1 in the Champions League as Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick on his European debut for the Catalan side.

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