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Sporting Lisbon's Training Session Was Allegedly Disrupted By Masked Intruders

A group of around 50 people forced their way into Sporting Lisbon's training centre on Tuesday and assaulted players and staff.

"Sporting Club of Portugal vehemently repudiate the incidents registered today at the Sporting academy", the club said in a statement.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes has chose to move on this summer after an attack on the club's players.

Sporting's training center is in Alcochete, about 20 kilometers south of Lisbon.

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 team met their players' union on Wednesday to discuss how to react and whether to pull out of Sunday's Cup final against Desportivo das Aves.

He added: "I'm concerned as Portugal is a power in professional football, and I'm anxious about the seriousness of what's happened".

Several hundred Sporting fans made their way to the team's Alvalade stadium on Tuesday night to lend their support to their stricken team's players and management.

Supporters group "Juventude Leonina" issued a statement on social media strongly condemning the attack. "It deeply regrets what happened and disassociates itself from these events".

"We cannot in any way agree with acts of vandalism and aggression to athletes, coaches and staff, nor with attitudes that configure the practice of crime that in no way honour and ennoble Sporting".

In April, De Carvalho claimed he was suspending 19 of the first-team players following their Europa League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, although he later appeared to back down.

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