Carvalho, Patricio terminate contracts with Sporting

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Furthermore, Dutch striker Dost was injured during an invasion by hooded supporters - some armed with sticks - at the club's training ground last month.

Arsenal has been handed a major boost in the pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins, after terminating his contract.

This has prompted a mass exodus at Estadio Jose Alvalade, with manager Jorge Jesus having already left the club and goalkeeper Rui Patricio and forward Daniel Podence looking to follow suit.

The fourth player to leave Sporting is Bas Dost, who has been strongly linked with a move to Sevilla. Police detained more than 20 suspects in the hours following the incident.

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William Carvalho, Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes have all chose to break their club contracts with Sporting Lisbon following a season of off-the-field trouble between players, fans and the owner. "Secondly, if we run and get elected again, they maintain their contracts".

De Carvalho has previously rejected calls by senior club members to stand down, accusing them of carrying out a "concerted attack on Sporting".

De Carvalho has refused to accept the legitimacy of a proposed vote on June 23 to depose him and his colleagues, following a tumultuous season which culminated in a shock defeat in the Portuguese Cup final by underdogs Desportivo Aves, five days after the fans' attack.

It seems this has forced the attacker in to action as O'Jogo claim Martins has now submitted a formal request to terminate his contract citing "just cause" after Sporting allowed the squad to be attacked by angry fans at their training base last month after they missed out on Champions League qualification.

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He said to be armed with a bomb and a fake handgun and had originally taken three people hostage but one managed to escape. There were no immediate details on the age, appearance or nationality of the hostage taker.

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