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Sporting CP condemn 'vandalism and aggression' after reports of players attacked

17 May 2018

Portuguese football was rocked on Tuesday when a large group of fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon's training center and assaulted its players and staff.

It has been claimed that Battaglia's agents are now ready to work to terminate their client's contract with the club and he could leave Sporting Lisbon during the upcoming window.

RTP showed images of bloody wounds to the head of Sporting's Dutch striker Bas Dost and of a changing room that had been trashed. Jorge Jesus, the team's head coach, goalkeeper Rui Patrício and midfielder William Carvalho were also targeted, according to reports from newspaper O Jogo.

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The club and the Portuguese FA have already condemned the attack on the players and the staff, but it seems it could motivate an exodus from the club in the summer.

Sporting have since issued a statement to denounce the acts of the individuals involved in the attacks.

He had scored in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Maritimo Funchal which left Sporting in third and missing out on Champions League football next season.

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The team are meeting their player's union on Wednesday to discuss their reaction which according to domestic media could see them refuse to play in Sunday's Cup final against Desportivo das Aves.

"This is not and can not be Sporting", it added. "We will make every effort to establish full responsibility for what has happened and we will not fail to demand the punishment of those who acted in this absolutely pitiful way".

Club president Bruno de Carvalho last month threatened to suspend almost the entire first-team squad after becoming involved in a public spat with the players over their performance in a Europa League match against Atletico Madrid.

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Sporting CP condemn 'vandalism and aggression' after reports of players attacked