Saturday, 25 May, 2019

Sporting chief offers to quit to halt player exodus

Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins the latest Sporting CP players to request contract termination Sporting chief offers to quit to halt player exodus
Sidney Guerrero | 12 June, 2018, 22:15

Dost joined Sporting Lisbon in 2016 from German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

Arsenal could sign Gelson Martins for nothing as the winger has submitted a request to terminate his contract after Sporting Lisbon rejected a second £26m bid from the Gunners, according to Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

Sporting Lisbon President Bruno de Carvalho has offered to stand down if key players withdraw their threats to leave the club in protest at his behaviour which some say amounted to psychological violence. They all claimed "just cause" in emails sent to the commission.

Carvalho, Fernandes and Martins are all presently with the Portuguese national team in Russian Federation, along with goalkeeper Patricio, and they have claimed "just cause" in disassociating themselves from the Lisbon club.

Sporting endured a tumultuous 2017-18 season on and off the pitch, and the Liverpool Echo's Ian Doyle reported on Martins' decision to rescind his contract weeks after supporters attacked players at a training camp. Police detained more than 20 suspects in the hours following the incident.

Sporting chief offers to quit to halt player exodus

The players responded by posting a joint statement defending their commitment to the club and questioning the manners of De Carvalho, saying he should support them as their "leader".

The Lisbon club are now in turmoil as the result of a rift between the squad and both the club's president Bruno de Carvalho and a radical group of supporters.

Football fans can get very angry and whilst the anonymous trolls on social media can be annoying and hurtful it's still a lot safer than the very real problem that Sporting players had to deal with when they were attacked by 50 fans at their training ground.

Ronaldo and Co will be accustomed to their surroundings having arrived in Russian Federation at the weekend as they stepped up their preparations for their World Cup opener.

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