SPORTING have condemned thugs who attacked their striker Bas Dost and other players at the club’s training ground.
Portuguese media claim that around 50 hooded men stormed the Lisbon club’s base and went at staff with batons and makeshift weapons.
Images have emerged of Dutch international Dost with two nasty cuts on his forehead.
Dost, 28, says he feels “empty” after the ambush, which also left him with injuries to his legs.
TVI24 report that a physio was stabbed.
Boss Jorge Jesus, skipper William Carvalho and vice-captain Rui Patricio were said to have been targeted, along with Marcos Acuna and Rodrigo Battaglia. Players are now said to be looking to quit their contracts.
There is also a a suggestion that players could pull out of this Sunday’s Portuguese Cup final against Aves.
Fans have reacted furiously to Sporting missing out on a Champions League spot on Sunday after a 2-1 defeat to Maritimo.
Dost said: “I have no words, I was not expecting this situation, it was a distressing situation and we are all shocked.
“This is a drama for everyone, I am empty.
Dutch publication AD, who published Dost’s statement, say he was beaten and then thrown to the floor by fans.
His agent added: “If Sporting is not able to protect him, we have to find other solutions.
“That does not mean he’s going to rescind a contract. First I have to take care of his and his family’s safety given the current situation.”
A Sporting statement read: “Sporting vehemently condemn the events at the Sporting Academy today.
“We cannot in any way agree with acts of vandalism and aggression to athletes, coaches and staff, nor with attitudes that constitute crime that in no way honour and ennoble Sporting.
“Sporting is not this, Sporting cannot be this.
“We will make every effort to establish full responsibility for what has happened and we will not fail to demand punishment for those who acted in this absolutely pitiful way.”