Football: No meat pies, beer or late nights, Red Star Belgrade players told
BELGRADE (REUTERS) - 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.
Former European Cup winners Red Star 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 pre-season build-ups will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," Stojanovic was quoted as saying by Belgrade media on Monday.
"You have to rest properly and adopt an athletes' diet, otherwise your careers will go down the drain."