RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick has developed a ruthless new method of dishing out punishments around the club that range from delivering stadium tours to serving the team dinner.
The German boss has installed a giant wheel into the club’s training ground with a number of unpleasant tasks surrounding the outside instead of the traditional fines system operated by many clubs.
Players who have broken one of the rules implemented by Rangnick and his coaching staff must spin the wheel to determine their fate.
RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick has installed a giant wheel to dish out punishments
Punishments on the wheel vary in the length of time required to complete it and embarrassment. Players can run the risk of serving their team-mates dinner, buying every member club staff a gift or looking after one of the pitches at their training base.
They could also complete a shift in the club store, train one of the academy teams for a day or wear a tutu for training, which is possibly the worst of the sentences.
Explaining the system to German newspaper
‘Fines rarely do anything,’ he said. ‘It hurts the players hurt more, for example, if they have less free time.’
Rangnick has returned to the dugout after former coach Ralph Hasenhuttl left the club in May
Leipzig have so far picked up just one point from their opening two Bundesliga fixtures
FULL LIST OF RB LEIPZIG PUNISHMENTS
1. Inflate the balls, take them onto the pitch and clean them
2. Train one of the academy teams on a free day
3. Stadium tour guide
4. No punishment
5. Maintain a training pitch
6. Wear a ballerina tutu for training
7. Mix drinks ahead of training and fill water bottles
8. Work as an assistant in the club shop
9. Serve food in the team cafeteria and clean tables
10. Work as a kit assistant
11. Help load the team bus with crates and bags for away games
12. Purchase gifts for 60 members of staff
Rangnick has returned to the Red Bull Arena dugout this season after Leipzig and coach Ralph Hasenhuttl parted ways in May.
He is acting as a short-term solution though with highly-regarded Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann set to take over next summer.
Rangnick, who led Leipzig to their first ever promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016, had moved upstairs to a sporting director role during Hasenhuttl’s tenure.
Leipzig have so far picked up just one point from their opening two Bundesliga fixtures. They lost 4-1 at Borussia Dortmund on the opening day before drawing 1-1 with Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out.