It’s all kicking off at Sporting.
The Portuguese giants are in complete chaos at the moment, following Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to Atletico in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash.
According to reports, club president Bruno de Carvalho was so angry with the performance that he’s suspended several players – including Gelson Martins and Willian Carvalho.
De Carvalho seemingly took to Facebook to rant about his team’s display in the match and singled out several individuals for criticism.
In a pretty damning social media post – that highlights faults from defenders Sebastian Coates and Jeremy Mathieu – he said: “Our 11 men should have doubled efforts on the pitch to become 22. Coates and Mathieu did what the Atletico forwards couldn’t do on their own. Instead of 22 it was if we had nine players.”
He went onto criticise the likes of Martins, on-loan defender Fabio Coentrao and star striker Bas Dost, among others.
As you’d expect, several important players, such as captain Rui Patricio and defensive midfielder Carvalho, as well as Bryan Ruiz and Coates, protested his statement via their own social media accounts and seemingly refused to train on Saturday, resulting in the mass-suspension of 19 members of the first-team squad.
Pretty unbelievable, right? Especially considering Sporting are set to play Pacos de Ferreira in a league match tomorrow, and now seemingly have just six first-team players available – essentially forcing manager Jorge Jesus to field a B-team.
Absolute chaos, but it could mean a large chunk of players could be available to buy over the summer.