Sporting Lisbon condemn fans after players attacked during training

Bas Dost
Image: Bas Dost was injured during the violence, according to reports in Portugal

Sporting Lisbon have confirmed that a number of its players and staff were assaulted by a group of fans who forced their way into the club's training ground on Tuesday.

Reports in Portugal claim that around 50 intruders, who had covered their faces to not be identified, interrupted training and assaulted members of the squad.

Netherlands international Bas Dost was cut on the head and assistant coaches Mario Monteiro and Raul Jose suffered injuries, according to the reports.

Sporting released a statement on Tuesday, which read: "Sporting vehemently condemned the events registered today at the Sporting Academy.

"We can not 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.

"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 the punishment of those who acted in this absolutely pitiful way."

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