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Sporting Lisbon Players in Training

Primeira Liga club Sporting Lisbon was attacked during their training session at their training ground yesterday while preparing for their cup final against Aves on Sunday.

A group of fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon’s training center on Tuesday and assaulted its players and staff.

Sporting issued a statement condemning what it calls “acts of vandalism and the attacks on [our] athletes, coaches and professional staff.”

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. They also trashed a changing room.

Dutch international Bas Dost, who has scored 27 league goals this season, is out of the cup final after receiving leg injuries as well as some nasty cuts to the head.

The club’s physio was allegedly stabbed in the leg.

Manager Jorge Jesus, captain William Carvalho and vice-captain Rui Patricio were also believed to be targeted.

Dost told Ojogo: “I have no words, I was not expecting this situation, it was a distressing situation and we are all shocked,” he told Ojogo.

“This is a drama for everyone, I am empty.”

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The incident comes two days after Sporting missed out on a Champions League berth for next season after a loss in the final round of the Portuguese league cost them a second-place finish.

The league also condemned in a statement “the violent acts the players and coaching staff of Sporting Lisbon were subject to today.”

“The perpetrators of these incidents are not fans of football, they are criminals,” the league said.

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