Sporting Lisbon condemn fans after players attacked during training

  • Sporting Lisbon condemn fans after players attacked during training

Sporting Lisbon condemn fans after players attacked during training

A group of angry fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon's training center on Tuesday and assaulted its players and staff, the club said.

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

Public television RTP said around 50 intruders, who had covered their faces to not be identified, interrupted training and assaulted a number players and staff. Attackers also targeted head coach Jorge Jesus and stabbed one of Sporting's physiotherapists, according to TVI24.

Dutch forward Bas Dost, who has scored 34 goals for the club this season, reportedly suffered cuts to his head in the attack.

"We can not in any form be associated with acts of vandalism and aggression towards players, coaches and staff of the professional football department, nor with attitudes which constitute the practice of a crime".

BC-SOC-Portugal-Fan Violence, 1st Ld-Writethru, 206Portugal: Fans interrupt Sporting practice, assault playersEds: Updates with Das Bost among injured, details, Portuguese league statement. "We will take all steps to establish responsibility for what has happened, and we demand the punishment of those who have acted in this absolutely regrettable manner".

Sporting Lisbon missed out on Champions League football under agonising circumstances on the last day of the Primeira Liga season.

It has been claimed in the Portuguese media that dozens of people stormed the Alcochete site, trashing buildings and even assaulting some of the players and staff.

Tensions have been mounting at the Lisbon club in recent weeks amid poor results and an apparent conflict between the squad and president Bruno de Carvalho.