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Stephen Warnock claims Red Star Belgrade had amateurs last season… before admitting he was fooled

‘They’re part timers… there were plumbers playing last year’: Stephen Warnock claims Red Star Belgrade had amateurs in side last season… before admitting he was fooled by a tweet

  • Stephen Warnock believed Red Star Belgrade have semi-professional side 
  • He had read a tweet and based knowledge on it he later regurgitated on Sky 
  • Warnock said: ‘There were plumbers playing last year so that’s impressive’ 
  • He later wrote: ‘Obviously don’t believe everything you read. Lesson learnt’ 

Stephen Warnock admitted that a tweet led him to falsely claiming that Red Star Belgrade are a team full of part-timers. 

The former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers defender was discussing the Champions League draw when he made the blunder on Sky Sports. 

Warnock said: ‘Yeah it’s a very hostile place, they’re part timers as well and you think that they beat the European champions. 

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Stephen Warnock claimed that the Red Star Belgrade team were full of part-timers

The former Liverpool defender was discussing the Champions League draw on Sky Sports

The former Liverpool defender was discussing the Champions League draw on Sky Sports

Jim White then questioned him about his comment but Warnock continued: ‘Yeah, they have a lot of guys who are… there were plumbers playing last year so that’s impressive in itself but to have a home record like that it says it is a hostile place.’  

When the now retired former defender was grilled on his statements online, he moved to clarify the situation. 

He wrote: ‘They had a player who had been a part time player who signed for them. Didn’t mean to say the whole squad. Apologies.’ 

The 37-year-old was referring to a tweet he had read that stated: ‘Meet Milan Pavkov, he’s a part time electrician and also works at his father’s grocery store. 

‘He was bought for £3000. On his day off he put two goals past Liverpool’s goalkeeper who cost £72million.’

Warnock posted the tweet that had led to him making the statement and corrected himself. 

He wrote: ‘Didn’t realise it was a fake and it was an electrician. Obviously don’t believe everything you read. Lesson learnt.’

Red Star Belgrade were drawn in Group B with Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Olympiakos. No doubt those clubs would prefer it if the Serbian side were part-timers when they visit the Rajko Mitic Stadium this season.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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