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    Shocking scenes in Portugal as fans attack Sporting Lisbon players


    On Tuesday morning, ‘fans’ of Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon broke into the club’s training ground and assaulted players and members of the training staff.

    Sky Sports reported that around 50 men broke into the club’s training facility with their faces covered so that they could not be identified.

    Dutch striker Bas Dost, who has 18 caps for his country, was cut in the head whilst assistant coaches Mario Monteiro and Raul Jose suffered injuries too.

    Sporting is not this, Sporting cannot be this

    Sporting released the following statement regarding today’s events.

    “Sporting Clube De Portugal vehemently repudiates the events recorded today at Sporting Academy.
    We cannot in any way condone acts of vandalism and aggression to athletes, coaches and staff of professional football, nor with attitudes that make up the practice of crime that do not honor and ennobled sporting clube de Portugal.

    Sporting is not this, sporting cannot be this.
    We will take all steps to establish full responsibility for what has happened, and we will not fail to demand the punishment of those who have acted in this absolutely regrettable manner”

    Why did the fans protest?

    It is understood that the fans protested in this vulgar manner due to the fact that Sporting failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s former club failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition after failing to beat Maritimo on Sunday afternoon.

    This attack is completely unacceptable and rather bizarre considering the team have the the final of the Taca de Portugal coming up on Sunday.

    Sporting face Aves in the final in just 5 days time but striker Bas Dost is unlikely to feature.

    Sporting’s manager Jorge Jesus was supposedly suspended by the club’s president and the players had planned to boycott Sunday’s final as an act of Solidarity. (The Sun)

    And you thought your club was a mess…

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