President offers to resign on one condition after player crisis — Sporting Lisbon

Sporting's forward Gelson Martins controls the ball during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP at the Luz stadium in Lisbon

Their decision followed that of Daniel Podence and Rui Patricio, who quit the club earlier this month.

Portugal global goalkeeper Rui Patricio and winger Daniel Podence handed in their resignation last week, according to club President Bruno de Carvalho.

Sporting CP could be facing a mass exodus this summer, after a number of reports claimed that a host of first-team players have filed papers with the Portuguese Football Federation confirming their desire to terminate their contracts.

Arsenal has been handed a major boost in the pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins, after terminating his contract.

The turmoil comes in the wake of the club president's comments and clashes with the fans.

Sporting's forward Gelson Martins vies with Benfica's Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP vs SL Benfica at the Jose Alvalade
President offers to resign on one condition after player crisis — Sporting Lisbon

Several of Sporting's players are protesting about de Carvalho's behaviour, with some even accusing him of "psychological violence".

Liverpool could sign Sporting Lisbon's Gelson Martins for free as the 23-year-old is making moves to cancel his contract with the Portuguese outfit after an attack on the side's training camp.

"With all due respect for my colleagues who understand that they have the conditions to continue", Patricio wrote, "I understand that I do not have them and that I can not be required to maintain the contractual relationship".

In April, the president threatened to suspend nearly the entire first-team squad and lashed out at the players, calling them "spoilt children", according to text messages cited by Patricio in his resignation letter.

Sporting are one of Portugal's big three clubs, along with Benfica and Porto, having won the Primeira Liga 18 times, as well as the European Cup Winners' Cup, and have never been relegated in the league's 84-year history.

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