11 Apr 2009

Red Star players say they have no money for food or rent

12:16 pm on 11 April 2009

Football players at the former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade are struggling to pay for food and rent because of the financial crisis.

The club's Slovenian midfielder Mirnes Sisic, who joined Red Star in January, says he faces eviction from his flat as the club had failed to pay him any wages since he arrived.

While battling their own credit crunch and rifts within the board, Red Star could also be in trouble with football's authorities after their fans set fire to stadium seats at their rivals Partizan following a midweek 2-0 derby defeat.

Red Star, whose present team are a far cry from the 1991 outfit which won Europe's premier club competition, are likely to face a hefty fine.