Portugal’s Sporting (Lisbon) is shaken by scandals after Atletico Madrid last night lost 0: 2 in the first quarter of Europa League. The “Green and White” made flawed defenses in defense, but only two of them led to goals in the door of Rui Patricio.
The weak game has provoked the wrath of President Bruno de Carvalho and he sharply criticized the players with Facebook. Specific names were quoted as well. De Carvalho pointed Sebastian Coates and Jeremy Mathieu as the main culprit for defeat, and he also blamed Bas Dost and Fabio Coentrao for deliberately losing yellow cards to not play. But there was a reaction that the club boss could hardly expect. Players refused to appear in the morning practice and asked De Carvalho to come to the base and apologize to them.
Captain Rui Patricio wrote a long post at Instagram, in which he expressed his perplexity with the president’s words and assured that the team played with motivation and desire to win in every game. Similar texts in social networks published another 18 players. In response, De Carvalho announced that they were all removed from the team and will be punished.
“These spoiled children think their behavior will have no effect, but this time my patience is exhausted as well as that of the fans,” said De Carvalho.
Among the eliminated players are almost all the stars of Sporting, headed by Rui Patricio, Bruno Fernandez, Gelson Martins, Villiam Carvalho, Bryan Ruys, Seiddu Dumbia and Fabio Coentra.
The next match of the team is against Passo Ferreira on Sunday, but it is unclear what coach Jorge Jezeus is going to play for. If the 19 eliminated are not returned to the team, Sporting will have to play mostly with teenagers. “Lions” are third in the Primira League, and the loss of 0: 1 by Braga a week ago minimizes their chances of defeating Benfica and Porto for the title.
Most media in Portugal are of the opinion that the confrontation with the players will cost De Carvalhoo dearly and he will not remain in office, although he has done a lot for the club in recent years.