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Report: Seven Sporting Lisbon players terminate contracts

Sporting Lisbon players 'terminate contracts'
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A report citing the Portuguese Players' Union claims that seven Sporting Lisbon players have terminated their own contracts in response to an attack by fans.

Seven Sporting Lisbon players have reportedly succeeded in terminating their own contracts at the club.

According to BBC Sport, the Portuguese Players' Union has stated that the players - including four members of Portugal's World Cup squad - cited "just cause" as a reason for the termination.

Selecao quartet Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes have reportedly joined Ruben Ribeiro, Bas Dost and Daniel Podence in leaving.

The report also states that a court will have to establish the existence of just cause, which means that the players would have had a legally sufficient reason for their actions.

The news comes after a group of 50 masked fans attacked players and staff in May following the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League, leaving forward Dost injured.

Sporting president Bruno De Carvalho also threatened to suspend the entire squad after they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League, although he deleted the post on social media and most of the players featured in their next game.

The Lisbon-based outfit, one of Portugal's biggest clubs, finished third in the Primeira Liga table last season.


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1Porto17141234102443
2Benfica17122337172038
3Braga17114232171537
4Sporting Lisbon17112433181535
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6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes178452217528
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8PortimonensePortimonense177372428-424
9Santa ClaraSanta Clara176382627-121
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11Nacional175481930-1119
12Vitoria de SetubalSetubal175481619-319
13TondelaTondela175392125-418
14Maritimo1752101121-1017
15BoavistaBoavista174491219-716
16Feirense172781124-1313
17Desportivo das AvesAves1733111831-1312
18ChavesChaves1733111224-1212

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