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Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth has revealed a strange initiation that happened during his time at the club.
Huth was at the club between 2002 and 2006 and was in the Chelsea youth team in 2001. Huth made 42 Premier League appearances with Chelsea before moving on to Middlesbrough, and he won the Premier League during his time with the Blues.
Huth has revealed some weird rituals a young player had to go through at Chelsea before being accepted in to the first team.
One involved dancing in his pants and being beaten with flip flops.
Huth told Pitch Invader: “We used to have loads of different initiations.
“The youth team would sing for the reserve team, and the reserves for the first team.
“My first experience was I had to dance in my underwear for the first team with no music, and they’d hit you with their flip flops for about a minute.
“I remember thinking: ‘yeah, this is weird, dancing to no music and being beaten up with flip flops… completely normal!
“There were moment where it was a bit too extreme, but now it’s certainly just too soft.
“Beating players up, maybe not.
“But there should be a hierarchy where you look up to the lads in the first team.
“Nowadays you’ve got 18-year-olds who are like, ‘you alright mate?’ to the first team.
“I don’t want to sound all ‘in my day’ but in my time there was a lot more respect for your elder players or first-team players.”