Red Star players told to lay off beer and pies
BELGRADE — Red Star Belgrade players must stop eating meat pies for breakfast, drinking beer after practice and enjoying wild nights out in the Serbian capital, senior club officials have warned. The former European Cup winners struggled against modest Icelandic outfit IBV in the Europa League second qualifying round and barely deserved their 2-0 aggregate win, prompting manager Slavisa Stojanovic to rebuke his players after Sunday’s training session. "All the hard work you have done in the searing heat of preseason build-ups will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," he was quoted as saying by Belgrade media on Monday.
Goalkeeper Boban Bajkovic, who rescued Red Star in the 0-0 return leg draw against IBV when he made several key saves, including a late penalty, acknowledged that Stojanovic had every reason to ring the alarm bells. "We are all professionals and we ought to know how to behave," Bajkovic said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day