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Barcelona have put forward their diagnosis on Ousmane Dembélé after claiming that he suffers from a gaming disorder.
According to AS, the 21-year-old Frenchman had missed his training session due to a late night of gaming with his friends.
Due to his late sessions, the World Cup winner would forget to set his alarm for the morning, in which he would later tell the club that he missed training because of illness.
Unsurprisingly, it meant that the club doctor would have to make his way around to the former Borussia Dortmund star's home to check up on him, mainly to ensure to Barça's senior management that he had been cleared of illness.
The Spanish club now believes that Dembélé suffers from a gaming disorder and that it is affecting his relationship with other players and his performances.
SPORTbible first reported on the Barça star's strange behaviour when he failed to show up for a training session, which left the club's staff furious with his actions.
Dembélé didn't make his case any easier when he turned up late for Barcelona's match with Real Betis, with fans' patience drawing thin towards him.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed 'gaming disorder' as a mental health condition for the first time.
"Gaming disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior ("digital-gaming" or "video-gaming") characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences," reads WHO's statement on its website.
"For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months."
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