WILLIAM CARVALHO, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes have terminated their contracts with Sporting Lisbon.
The trio follow in the footsteps of of long-serving goalkeeper Rui Patricio, citing “just cause” as the chaos engulfing the troubled club continues.
Getty William Carvalho has asked for Sporting Lisbon contract to be terminated
Getty Images Several Sporting players want to leave after several rows with Bruno De Carvalho
Sporting and the Portuguese FA report they have received resignation letters from the three players.
But Portuguese outlet A Bola report Carvalho, Martins and Fernandes will go back on their terminations should president Bruno de Carvalho stand down.
However, the president had insisted he would take legal action against any player who tried to terminate their contract.
De Carvalho has been involved in an ongoing feud with the players throughout the past campaign, which culminated in 50 masked men attacking the players at the club’s training ground.
After their 2-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the Europa League quarter-final, De Carvalho suspended many of their best players.
TWITTER/CM Around 50 masked men attacked the Sporting players at their training ground
TWITTER/CM Striker Bas Dost needed stitched following attack at Sporting training camp
And the following day, it was reported the squad refused to train.
A 0-0 draw against Benfica in their penultimate game of the season meant they only had to match their Lisbon rivals’ result on the final day to qualify for the Champions League.
However, a last-gasp howler by Patricio saw them lose 2-1 to Maritimo and the players were attacked at the airport as they returned from the island of Madeira.
De Carvalho reacted by suspending manager Jorge Jesus — despite club still having a cup final against Aves to play.